Viettel becomes first 4G service provider in Burundi

Monday, 2016-03-07 17:17:46
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An office of Viettel's Lumitel in Burundi (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/ VNA – Lumitel – a brand of the military-run telecommunication group Viettel in Burundi – has become the first 4G LTE service provider in the African country.

Viettel said Lumitel has offered the 4G service at 100 Mbps in Burundi’s major provinces of Bujumbura, Gitega, Ngozi, Muyinga, Makamba and Rumonge.

Entering the local market in April 2015, Lumitel had acquired 1 million clients in only four months and is currently the biggest telecommunications service provider there, with its network covering 90% of Burundi and 1.3 million users.

Viettel executives said although the group has not officially begun supplying the 4G service in Vietnam, it has taken the lead in introducing this service in some foreign markets such as Laos and Cambodia in 2015.

The firm plans to expand its 4G network to Timor-Leste, Peru and Haiti this year, they added.

Viettel is now present in 10 countries in Asia, Africa and America with 85 million clients, earning US$1.4 billion in revenue in 2015. In Tanzania, its brand Halotel attracted 1 million users in only three months of operation.