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4G race in Vietnam heating up

The first licenses were granted on October 14 to Viettel and VNPT which run two of three largest mobile networks in Vietnam.

Doan Quang Hoan, head of the Ministry of Information and Communication’s Department of Radio Frequency, said the two telcos are allowed to provide 4G on the 1800 MHz waveband, the waveband that MIC allocated to them before to deploy 2G.

Hoan said that once getting licenses, Viettel, VinaPhone and MobiFone, the three largest mobile network operators, will be able to begin providing 4G. The auction of the 2.6 GHz waveband may only be implemented in 2017.

Prior to that, four telcos, namely VNPT, Viettel, MobiFone and FPT Telecom received the licenses to test 4G.

In late 2015, Viettel tested 4G in Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Hanoi, while VNPT’s VinaPhone tested 4G in HCMC and Kien Giang in January 2016. The telco last June launched 4G LTE package for roaming services in South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, the US and Russia.


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