Vietnamese mobile operator S-Fone expects to launch 3G services next year, after its parent Saigon Postel received permission from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to migrate its cellular network from a CDMA to a W-CDMA platform earlier this year, according to local newspaper Thanh Nien, citing Tuoi Tre. In 2007 rival HT Mobile, which today operates under the Vietnamobile brand, abandoned its CDMA network after receiving permission from the MIC to switch to the GSM standard. After investing more than USD600 million on equipment from Ericsson and Huawei, Hutchison Telecom subsidiary Vietnamobile launched GSM services in April 2009. S-Fone hopes that such a transition will help to improve its position in Vietnam’s overcrowded and highly competitive mobile market. At the end of March 2012 the company had an estimated 2.7 million subscribers, corresponding to a market share of just 2.1%, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.