Vietnamese telecoms operator Viettel has announced the launch of a trial 5G network in Ho Chi Minh City. Finnish vendor Nokia supplied the end-to-end solution and upgraded the entire infrastructure, including radio access network, cloud packet core and transmission equipment, from 4G LTE to 5G technology. The pair set up ten 5G base stations in Ward 12, District 10 of Ho Chi Minh City. The project sets the basis for an evaluation of the band, coverage and application of 5G before a planned commercial launch in 2020.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, wireless 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. Along with the licence, Viettel has been granted access to spectrum in the 2575MHz-2615MHz, 3700MHz-3800MHz and 26.5GHz-27.5GHz frequency bands.