Vietnam's Government-Backed 5G Race

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3Q 2020 | IN-5855


5G Successes by Mobile Network Operators


Having started trialing 5G in May 2019, Vietnam has seen an acceleration in its efforts to launch its 5G commercial service. State-owned Viettel, Vietnam’s largest mobile network operator, was the first to receive 5G trial spectrum, with bandwidth in the 2.6 GHz, 3.6 GHz, and 26 GHz bands being awarded to it in January 2019.

Viettel had the country’s first 5G trial connection back in May 2019 and has now begun rolling out the first stage of the commercialization process for 5G microcell stations, aiming to complete nationwide deployment by June 2021. Recently, Vinaphone, Vietnam’s second largest network provider and a subsidiary of government-owned Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), has reported it has tested its 5G trial network in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The operator claims it achieved a download throughput of more than 2.2 Gbps, which it claims is 10 times faster than its 4G network. 5G competition is heating up as MobiFone, also owned by VNPT, had already completed tests of its pilot 5G network in four cities in March of this year&md…

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