Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has announced it has awarded licences allowing the launch of pilot 5G networks to mobile operators Viettel and MobiFone. The former is permitted to test 5G with subscribers in Hanoi using spectrum in the 2500MHz-2600MHz, 3700MHz-3800MHz and 27.1GHz-27.5GHz frequency bands and up to 140 base transceiver stations (BTS), while MobiFone is allowed to install 50 BTS operating in the 2600MHz band in Ho Chi Minh City. The test licences are valid until the end of June 2021.
The tests with end users are aimed at helping the companies evaluate the technology and the market before launching commercial operations. It follows the award of non-commercial one-year 5G trial licences to Viettel, MobiFone and VNPT-Vinaphone in early 2019.