Vietnam prepares to auction off 2600MHz spectrum for 4G

20 Aug 2019

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has announced it is preparing procedures to auction off mobile spectrum in the 2600MHz band. The frequencies are expected to be used to enhance LTE coverage and capacity across the country. Under the proposed conditions, winning bidders will be required to begin network deployment within 24 months of receiving their spectrum licence, with existing mobile operators required to roll out at least 5,000 base stations within that timeframe. New market entrants will only be allowed to begin providing services once they have met 50% of either of the following two conditions: provide 4G population coverage of at least 75% in all districts, towns and cities within 24 months; or roll out 8,500 base stations to supply 4G in all districts, towns and cities.

Interested parties have been given until 29 August 2019 to submit comments to the Authority of Radio Frequency Management (RFD).