Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel has rolled out nearly 18,000 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) in preparation for the commercial launch of its LTE service nationwide. Local press outlet ictnews reports that the mobile market leader’s 4G network encompasses 704 districts and almost 6,300 communes in 63 provinces and cities across the country, adding that an additional 7,300 BTS will be deployed by the end of this month. Military-run Viettel is gearing up for its commercial LTE launch, after VinaPhone announced the activation of the country’s first 4G service in Phu Quoc Island in November last year.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Viettel began trialling an LTE network in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in December 2015. Around 200 4G BTS were installed to provide coverage in parts of Vung Tau City, Ba Ria City and the rural Long Dien District. In October 2016 the firm was awarded a 4G 1800MHz licence by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), alongside VNPT-Vinaphone, MobiFone and GTel Mobile.