10 Jul 2019
VNPT-Vinaphone, a subsidiary of state-owned national PTO Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), is preparing to test a 5G network in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The operator received its one-year 5G trial licence from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) in May.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, market leader Viettel was handed the country’s first licence to trial 5G in January 2019 and tests were launched in Hanoi in cooperation with Swedish vendor Ericsson in May. The test permit is valid for one year until 21 January 2020 and allows the firm to trial the technology in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The military-owned company, which plans to launch commercial 5G services in 2020, announced that data connection speeds ranged from 1.5Gbps to 1.7Gbps. A third cellco, MobiFone, is expected to test 5G in Hanoi, Hai Phong and Da Nang.