MobiFone awards 4G contract to SK Telecom

25 Jan 2017

South Korea’s SK Telecom (SKT) has announced the signing of a contract with MobiFone to help the Vietnamese wireless operator deploy a 4G LTE network across the country. Under the agreement, SK Telecom will provide MobiFone with solutions for designing and constructing the nationwide LTE network through to 2020, and the pair will also cooperate in the development of additional services, including 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). MobiFone, Vietnam’s second largest cellco by subscribers, plans to launch commercial 4G services this year, according to the SK Telecom press release.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, MobiFone launched a pilot LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City in July 2016 and was awarded a 4G 1800MHz licence by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) three months later, alongside rivals VNPT-Vinaphone, Viettel and GTel Mobile.