Vietnamese Mobile Network Operators in 5G Trials

 Vietnam Minister of Information & Communications Nguyen Manh Hung signed a decision to license the implementation of 5G for Viettel – a military-run telecommunications company.  This licence was granted to test and evaluate technical features and the ability to deploy telecommunications infrastructure using (undisclosed spec for) 5G  technology. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City will be the first two cities to test Viettels 5G and the trial will last for 12 months.   Users will not be charged during the test period.

The group must be responsible for investment efficiency and report results to the Ministry of Information and Communications. The ministry said that, together with the 5G trial, it would license the new 4G frequency and study the route to find the right time to turn off 2G or 3G waves.

Viettel engineers install telecom equipment. The company is ready to trial 5G technology. – VIET NAM NEWS/ANN

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Meanwhile, MobiFone said they had sent a document to the Ministry of Information and Communications, asking for 5G testing in Hanoi and HCM City to evaluate technology and the marketplace before officially going live.  MobiFone General Director Nguyen Dang Nguyen said they asked for permission to test 5G for the Ministry of Information and Communications from September last year.  MobiFone is working with equipment suppliers to prepare for this test.  It is expected that devices will come to Vietnam and will be installed in the second quarter of this year, he said.

Viet Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), is also planning to test 5G in the future.  VNPT and Nokia signed a co-operation agreement to research, survey and test 5G technology and Internet of Things (IoT) during the working visit in Europe of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in October last year.  The project is expected to be implemented within three years and worth around US $15 million.  Chairman of VNPTs member council Tran Manh Hung said the group submitted documents to the Ministry of Information and Communications to ask for 5G testing.  The purpose of the 5G testing is to enable VNPT to master the technology and plan the network in the future.  VNPT had also tested to prepare for the production of 5G network devices, he said.

https://borneobulletin.com.bn/vietnamese-operators-speed-up-with-5g/

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“Vietnam should be among the first nations to launch 5G services in order to move up in global telecom rankings,” said Nguyen Manh Hung, the country’s new minister of information and communications.

Four Vietnamese telecom companies — Vietnamobile, a joint venture of Hanoi Telecom and Hongkong based Hutchison Asia Telecommunications, and three state-owned entities, Viettel, Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group, MobiFone and Vietnamobile — are expected to receive 5G testing licenses this year.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Technology/Vietnam-to-begin-testing-5G-networks-next-year

 

2 thoughts on “Vietnamese Mobile Network Operators in 5G Trials

  1. Thailand to move ahead with 5G auctions

    Thai telecoms regulator NBTC plans to move ahead with plans to auction off 5G spectrum in the 26-GHz, 28-GHz and 2.6-GHz frequency bands later this year.

    The regulator has assigned a team to draft auction conditions for the auction, and has given it until February to draft the initial details, the Bangkok Post reported.

    According to the report, the move is aimed at ensuring operators have access to the spectrum required for 5G services. The regulator is leaning towards conducting a hybrid auction model, with the winners decided based on both bid amount and the details of operators’ 5G rollout proposals.

    The more commonly allocated 3.5-GHz band is currently held by Thaicom, but the NBTC expects to be able to meet the initial requirements of operators preparing for 5G by allocating 4,000MHz of bandwidth in the 26-GHz and 28-GHz ranges.

    The 2.6-GHz band is meanwhile currently held by state owned broadcaster MCOT, but the broadcaster has agreed to return around 150MHz of bandwidth to the regulator in exchange for compensation. Meanwhile not a single private mobile operator has expressed an interest in taking part in a planned 700-MHz auction scheduled for May, leaving state-owned CAT the only interested potential bidder. The operator plans to seek a foreign partner to participate in the auction with it.

    https://www.telecomasia.net/content/thailand-move-ahead-5g-auctions

  2. July 19, 2019 NY Times: Is Huawei a Security Threat? Vietnam Isn’t Taking Any Chances
    As the world splits along U.S.-China fault lines, telecom companies in Vietnam appear to be quietly avoiding the Chinese tech giant in their 5G plans.

    Viettel (owned by Vietnam government) has been developing its own software and equipment for many years, Mr. Thang told the NY Times (url below), and employs 300 engineers in research and development. It has designed and produced its own base stations, which exchange radio signals with cellphones, and its own computer systems for billing customers’ accounts, he said.

    Most mobile carriers simply buy these things from outside vendors such as Ericsson or Huawei. Mr. Thang said Viettel had deployed around 1,000 self-produced 4G base stations across Vietnam, Cambodia and other countries.

    But when asked whether Viettel’s aim in developing its own equipment was to help keep its networks secure, Mr. Thang first consulted in Vietnamese with a company communications officer, Le Duc Anh Tuan, who then answered in English.

    The most important reason for Viettel to develop its own software, Mr. Tuan said, is so it can respond more nimbly to customers’ changing needs. Security is not the main factor, he said.

    Asked why Viettel didn’t use Huawei in Vietnam but did use Chinese suppliers elsewhere, Mr. Tuan said equipment makers gave the company different deals in each country. “We have many partners,” he said, and Viettel considered each of them on its merits.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/technology/huawei-ban-vietnam.html

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