Is It Possible for Viettel to Deploy a 5G Network with In-House Equipment?

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2Q 2020 | IN-5784


Viettel's Ambition for Its Own 5G Network


While Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) across the world are deploying their initial 5G solutions in full swing in collaboration with Tier 1 network infrastructure vendors, Vietnam’s largest telecommunication MNO, Viettel, announced its ability to develop 5G network with in-house hardware and software. The commercial 5G service launch of Viettel for both civil and military targets has been announced for July 2020, and the developed technology is claimed to meet the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard. If that proves to be the case, after Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, ZTE, and Samsung, Viettel will be the sixth infrastructure vendor in the world to produce 5G equipment, and the only MNO that is capable of deploying 5G network with its own products.

As a state-owned MNO, Viettel keeps near 40% market share in the Vietnamese telecom service market, and its international footprint also covers many other counties, including neighbouring Laos and Cambodia and also Haiti, Mozambique, East Timor, Cameroon, Peru, Burundi, Tanzania, and Myanmar. Since mid-2019, Viet…

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