19 Apr 2017
Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel has announced the commercial launch of its 4G LTE network, which boasts ‘nationwide’ coverage of 95% of the population. In the space of just six months, the military-owned firm has rolled out 36,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) across the country, including all provinces and cities, as well as in remote, mountainous and island communities. Download speeds of between 30Mbps and 50Mbps are on offer, with Viettel claiming that it will market 4G packages that are ‘40%-60% cheaper’ than 3G tariffs, while it will also provide free services such as healthcare information, e-government, news, education and agriculture support via the ‘4G-Plus’ app.
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.