4G stations cover 95% of Vietnamese population

Friday, 2017-07-28 11:46:25
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NDO – Vietnam’s telecommunication carriers have installed approximately 43,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) of fourth generation (4G) technology across the country, covering an estimated 95% of the country’s population.

The news was announced at an international conference on 4G long-term evolution (LTE) held in Hanoi on July 27 by the Vietnam Internet Association, the International Data Group (IDG) Vietnam, and the Ministry of Information and Communication.

Under the theme ‘4G LTE service diversification towards enhancing efficiency and customers’ satisfaction’, the conference brought together more than 400 experts, managers and representatives of agencies, organisations and firms operating in the telecommunication market.

The participants discussed both opportunities and challenges facing Vietnam during its roadmap in building and developing 4G LTE technology, which refers to the wireless communication of high-speed data used by mobile phones and data terminals.

They also shared lessons learnt from the international community in managing 4G LTE technology as well as solutions to fully unlock the potential of advanced technology in Vietnam.

Being aware of the important role of 4G LTE in connecting the world, in late 2016, the Ministry of Information and Communications licensed four telecommunication carriers, including Viettel, VinaPhone, MobiFone and Gmobile, to establish the network and provide 4G LTE-Advanced public land mobile telecommunication services.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Hong Hai said that 2017 has seen significant development of 4G technology in Vietnam, which will create favourable opportunities for the growth of 4G services. It will not only benefit telecommunication carriers but also boost the development of the entire 4G LTE ecosystem, he stated.

The conference has helped the Ministry to grasp thorough evaluations in relation to the installation of 4G LTE in Vietnam, thus contributing to sound policies to lift Vietnam’s telecom ranking up on the world telecom map, he said.