The number of third-generation (3G) subscribers in Vietnam has reached approximately 12.8 million, reports Viet Nam News, citing a spokesperson from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC). According to the ministry, mobile network operators Viettel, Vinaphone, MobiFone, Hanoi Telecom (Vietnamobile) and EVN Telecom have between them deployed around 33,700 3G base transceiver stations (BTS) across the country. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that Vinaphone was the first to launch W-CDMA services, in October 2009, followed by MobiFone two months later, Viettel in March 2010 and state-owned EVN Telecom (now part of Viettel) the following June. The latest cellco to launch 3G services is Vietnamobile, which introduced commercial services in December 2011. All five operators were awarded their 3G licences by the MIC in April 2009.