11:28 | 03/12/2015 Science - Technology
(VEN) - According to the national telecommunications development plan, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) will consider piloting 4G network and related services in 2016 and based on the feedback to decide whether to license its deployment based on the results.
4G services will probably cost the same as 3G services
Next year is the right time for Vietnam to upgrade its communications network to 4G considering its vastly improved communications infrastructure, fairly cheap terminal equipment and related services. However, 4G service providers should devise suitable trading models to ensure investment and trading efficiency. For example, 4G service providers will profit from quoting 4G services at the same rate as 3G services, said CEO of Qualcomm Indochina Thieu Phuong Nam.
According to Tran Tuan Anh, the Head of the Telecommunications Planning Division under the Vietnam Telecommunications Authority, Viettel, MobiFone and Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) have petitioned to pilot 4G network and related services and provide 4G services on the 1,800 MHz, 2,300 MHz and 2,600MHz bands in three provinces across the country.
Viettel sought MIC’s permission to 4G deployment in piloted communes, districts and provinces in October 2015, and has planned to set up 12,000 4G stations nationwide during the first quarter of 2016. Viettel may quote its 4G services at the same as 3G services. However, 4G network users will be asked to use a new SIM card, said Deputy General Director of the Viettel Group Do Minh Phuong.
VNPT Deputy General Director Pham Duc Long said the group will re-plan its 3G network in order to rapidly deploy a 4G network and related services with quality superior data transfer speeds.
At a recent ICT Press Club-hosted 4G seminar, telecommunications experts recognized failure in domestic deployment of 3G network and related services. For example, Viettel just recorded 30 percent of its total subscribers using 3G services.
According to a research by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), data transfer speeds via the 4G network will 12,000 times faster than the 2G network and 99 percent cheaper. Low-cost 4G services will probably attract more users, benefiting 4G service providers.
By international telecommunications firm reckoning, every 10 percent increase in 4G broadband density will trigger a one percent increase in GDP of the country.
4G services will likely be quoted the same as 3G services when being piloted in the next year, and what is different is in the speed of data transfer via the 4G network which will be a major upgrade on the 3G network.