Viettel officially rolls out 4G services

Tuesday, 2017-04-18 16:43:57
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Viettel holds a ceremony on April 18 to formally launch 4G services.
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NDO - The telecom giant Viettel formally launched its 4G network on April 18, becoming the first carrier in Vietnam to do so.

The launch came only six months after the company was granted a licence to provide the service, which Viettel says is the fastest speed in the world’s history of 4G roll-out.

The company adds that it is the only carrier in the world to provide nationwide coverage at the time of launch with 36,000 4G stations already installed, covering 95% of the population.

Viettel will offer a broad range of 4G plans with costs cheaper than 3G by 40-60% and pledges to ensure a download speed of 30-50 Mbps, up to 10 times faster than the current 3G speed.

The company is also planning to offer 4G-enabled mobile devices with prices as low as VND1.3 million (US$57) with the aim of ensuring that no one is left behind when technology advances, as per its slogan.

Speaking through Viettel’s 4G-supported videoconferencing, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam praised the company’s significant contributions to the development of the country’s information and communication technology sector.

He stated that Vietnam’s ICT has made remarkable progress in recent years but the country is among the group with the slowest pace of 4G roll-out, which requires Vietnam to make greater efforts to catch up with the world.

The Deputy PM asked Viettel to ensure 4G speed live up to its commitments and speed up the release of 4G-enabled mobile devices developed and produced by the company’s own engineers.