5 Dec 2011
Vietnamese mobile operator Vietnamobile has commercially launched its HSPA+ network, becoming the fifth wireless operator in the country to provide 3G services, Saigon GP Daily reports. The new network supports maximum download speeds of up to 21Mbps. Vietnamobile, which is a partnership between Hong Kong’s Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited (HTIL) and local firm Hanoi Telecom Company (HTC), aims to provide 94% of the population in the cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Hanoi with 3G coverage, before expanding services to other parts of the country. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) awarded Vietnamobile a joint 3G licence in partnership with EVN Telecom in April 2009, alongside Vinaphone, MobiFone and Viettel. State-owned cellco Vinaphone was the first to launch third-generation services, in October 2009, followed by MobiFone two months later, military-owned Viettel in March 2010 and EVN Telecom the following June.