Viettel still seeking to lower off-net call rates

8 Oct 2014

Vietnam’s largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Viettel, has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) to reduce the rate it charges subscribers for calls to other networks. VNS reports that under the plan, the military-run operator will cut off-net tariffs by 21.6% to match the rates it charges for on-net calls. ‘Revenue from the mobile connection fee currently accounts for 7% of our total revenue, and if we applied the same tariff on intra-network and inter-network calls, the revenue will be reduced by an extra 1.5%’, commented Viettel’s vice general director Le Dang Dung, adding: ‘However, we hope the new tariffs will help our subscribers manage their bills more easily. Our revenue will be reduced in the beginning, but in the long term, we hope the lower tariffs will attract more subscribers to the network.’ Viettel initially requested to lower its cross-net tariffs in July, with the MIC subsequently asking the operator to submit details of the production costs of its telecoms services; the ministry will now decide whether or not to approve Viettel’s proposal.