The number of subscribers that regularly use the 3G services of Vietnamese mobile operator Vinaphone has risen to around two million, compared to 800,000 a year earlier, local news agency Viet Nam News reports. According to Ngo Dien Hy, director for value added services (VAS) at Vinaphone, the number of 3G customers has grown rapidly in the last six months, driven by the launch of a number of new VAS such as multimedia, mobile games, music and news, as well as the introduction of Apple’s iPhone handsets in March 2010. Hy added that 3G services now account for around 13% of the cellco’s total sales revenue.
In other news, Vietnam’s state-owned incumbent telco Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has launched a fibre-optic cable system to enable the provision of telecoms services to the Can Gio island district of Ho Chi Minh City. Residents will be able to subscribe to a number of VNPT’s fixed line services, including broadband internet and IPTV.