VinaPhone prepares 3G service debut

October 12, 2009

LookAtVietnam – VinaPhone will become the country’s first mobile operator to provide third-generation (3G) technology based services from today, October 12, it has announced.

The firm said that it had successfully tested 3G-based services, including video calls, mobile TV and broadband internet services via mobile phone.

VinaPhone’s deputy director Ho Duc Thang said that the company had finalised the installation of thousands of 3G transceiver base stations and the connection between its current 2G and 3G networks.

Thang said that VinaPhone would announce 3G service charges on the launch day, promising that they would be affordable to most Vietnamese subscribers.

Officially launched in June 1996, Vinaphone has become one of the top three mobile operators in Viet Nam with nearly 13 million subscribers.

To prepare for the launch, just a month after being licensed by the ministry, Vinaphone signed contracts with Motorola and Ericsson to provide 3G technology and equipment.

Besides VinaPhone, the ministry in mid-August also granted licences to another three companies Viettel, MoteiFone and the joint venture between EVN Telecom and Hanoi Telecom to provide 3G services in the country.

The four firms plan to invest VND33 trillion (US$1.85 billion) in the next three years to develop 3G mobile telecom systems, including 30,000 transmission stations.

Viettel, MobiFone and EVN Telecom-Hanoi Telecom are also testing their networks and will offer new services as soon as possible. If they don’t meet the deadline for supplying 3G services, which is nine months after the day they received the licence, they will be fined.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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