The number of mobile phone subscriptions nationwide stood at about 127 million at the end of 2017, down 2.1% year-on-year.
Vietnam’s revenue from information and communication technology in 2016 reached nearly US$68 billion, posting an 11.49% year-on-year increase.
Vietnam’s telecom revenue is estimated at VND213.36 trillion (US$9.36 billion) in the first six months of the year, excluding Viettel’s business overseas, equal to 47.41% of the plan for the year.
The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has launched its 4G service on Phu Quoc Island in the southern coastal province of Kien Giang.
On October 13, Mobile network provider Vietnamobile received the three licences for telecom establishment, telecom service provision, and 2G & 3G spectrum usage from the Ministry of Information and Communications to officially deploy its investment under the new joint stock company format.
Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan urged enterprises to send recent reports on 4G testing results as the Government had policies to accelerate the licensing for 4G this year.
The military-run telecommunication group Viettel has confirmed that it is ready to provide 4G services once the mobile telecom technology is allowed to be put into operation.
Vietnam needs a road map for full termination of second generation network (2G) services and adopting 4G as around 65% of Vietnamese are still using 2G.
Le Nam Thang, former Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, has advised network providers to make a careful calculation on the demand for 4G (fourth-generation network) implementation.