VNPT, Viettel told to delay rental fee increase

13 Jul 2012

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has asked the country’s two largest telecoms operators to delay the implementation of new fees for the use of their backbone transmission infrastructure by rival operators. Viet Nam News cites Phan Hong Hai, the head of the MIC’s telecoms department, as saying that the ministry has told state-owned national PTO Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) and military-run Viettel to delay the proposed 300% increase in the rental fee until the end of the month, while negotiations with rival operators on such tariffs are held. VNPT, which owns mobile operators Vinaphone and MobiFone, and Viettel are the only owners of the country’s backbone transmission route. Trinh Ngoc Lam, chairman of Hanoi Telecom, said the fee increase would severely impact the operations of its wireless operator Vietnamobile. Last month the cellco said it planned to ask the government for help as competition in the wireless market – which is dominated by Vinaphone, MobiFone and Viettel – intensifies.