10:28 | 11/04/2016 Science - Technology
Vietnam hopes to see 3G and 4G networks covering 95 percent of residential homes by 2020, according to Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Phan Tam.
Illustrative photo (Source: Internet)
Speaking at the Vietnam–Republic of Korea LTE Vision Workshop 2016 held in Hanoi on April 1, Tam said that under the national broadband plan, the most advanced broadband technology, such as long-term evolution (LTE), has received attention from both management agencies and telecom providers.
The ministry has allowed businesses to carry out pilot 4G LTE programmes since 2010. Based upon market demands, together with technologies, equipment and other conditions, Vietnam has granted licenses for the pilot LTE and LTE-Adv networks for some telecom companies affiliated with Viettel and Vinaphone in various localities.
Telecom providers are expected to complete their investment and business plans for 4G networks this year. The ministry is also expected to complete management policies to ensure healthy competition and sustainable development in the broadband market.
Doo Soo Park, global marketing and sales general director of Samsung Networks, said by the end of 2015 there were 480 LTE networks in 157 countries and territories with over one billion users. He said that Vietnam is a potential target for LTE development, as telecom providers have considerable experience from operating pilot 4G LTE networks..
Meanwhile, Choi Yang-hee, Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, said Korean businesses are ready to share their experience in 4G LTE development, as well as strengthen relationships between the two countries to support Vietnam in becoming a strong ICT country.
To speed the commercial readiness of LTE and to accommodate the exponentially growing market demand, operators have built LTE networks that are separate from legacy networks, while the government has designed frequency assignment policies based upon future needs.
At this workshop, industry experts from the government, operators and solution providers discussed the vision for LTE, policies, deployment experiences, market needs and challenges, killer app trends and technology evolution, along with how to expedite LTE readiness throughout Vietnam./.