Viettel set to complete nationwide 4G rollout next month

30 Mar 2017

Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel is expected to complete its deployment of 36,000 4G base transceiver stations (BTS) by 10 April, six months after initiating the nationwide LTE rollout project. Vietnamnet quotes Viettel Corporation’s Deputy General Director Tao Duc Thang as saying that the company has dispatched 1,500 three-man teams to install 4G BTS throughout the country, including all provinces and cities, as well as in remote, mountainous and island communities, providing coverage to 95% of the population. The military-owned firm is aiming to significantly boost smartphone penetration in Vietnam and is currently offering 4G-capable devices for VND2 million (USD86.8), but plans to halve the entry-level LTE smartphone price to VND1 million in the future.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Viettel began trialling an LTE network in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province in December 2015 and it was awarded a 4G 1800MHz licence by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) in October last year, alongside VNPT-Vinaphone, MobiFone and GTel Mobile.

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