3G subscribers grow to 16m

12 Jun 2012

The number of third-generation (3G) subscribers in Vietnam reached approximately 16 million at the end of May, reports Viet Nam News, citing data from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC). According to the ministry, MobiFone is the market leader in terms of 3G customers, with around 6.74 million, followed by Vinaphone (5.74 million), military-owned Viettel (3.38 million) and Vietnamobile (113,000). Between them, the four operators have deployed around 33,700 3G base transceiver stations (BTS), providing coverage to 91% of 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.