Vietnamese telecoms company FPT Telecom has applied to the Telecommunications Department of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) for permission to trial 4G LTE technology, writes Bao Dau tu Online. The Telecommunications Department, which is currently reviewing FPT Telecom’s application, said the firm is seeking to test LTE technology to ensure compatibility and synchronisation with existing networks, while evaluating opportunities to provide 4G services in future. Earlier this month, mobile market leader Viettel Telecom officially unveiled a trial LTE network in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. The company has installed around 200 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) to provide coverage in parts of Vung Tau City, Ba Ria City and Long Dien District, and users have been given a free SIM card to test the new network, which currently offers average maximum download speeds of between 40Mbps and 80Mbps. For its part, VNPT-Vinaphone is reportedly finalising preparations to test 4G in Phu Quoc in the near future. LTE licences are expected to be formally awarded by the MIC in early 2016.