March 05, 2017 | 20:09 (GMT+7)
Viettel to deploy 4G in Vietnam, Laos and East Timor
PANO – Leaders of the Military-Run Telecommunications Group (Viettel) revealed that the group will officially put 4G networks in operation in Laos, East Timor and several Vietnamee cities and provinces at the end of Q1.
According to them, Viettel will also enhance the research on 4G LTE EPC and Site Router so as to start a trial run of the technologies by Q2.
By starting research and production of telecommunications equipment, it has entered a production sector that has been dominated only by 5 high-profile producers in the world.
In its new strategy to take up research and production of telecommunications equipment, Viettel has planned to research, design and produce 70% of its infrastructure system by 2020.
Particularly, it will not depend on any international producers for its infrastructural systems, including vOCS, MSC, EPC and IMS; Site Router; and eNodeB, instead it will produce all of them for itself.
Viettel is also planning to provide services at lower rates than at present. In fact, Viettel has run the LTE network in a number of Vietnamese cities and provinces but the price of the 4G service still remains the same as 3G.
Major General Nguyen Manh Hung, Director of the group said, “Viettel will deploy 4G as it had done with 2G and 3G, with the aim of popularizing mobile broadband services to most mobile users and contributing to bringing Vietnam up to a higher position in the world telecommunications ranking list. We will hopefully bring Vietnam to the list of the 30 countries with the best 4G network in the world in the several years’ time.”
According to its statistics, the 3G growth rate in the countryside doubles that in cities. 3G has been popularized in the countryside, which lays a good basis for future development of 4G. This also means that the need for the use of broadband network is high even in the countryside so the only issue left is how to low the price of 4G services so that people from all walks of life can afford to access the network.
Viettel’s engineers preparing to install in 4G BTS
Equipment to be installed in
Engineers carefully checking every device
The system being installed in
Engineers surveying location of BTS
Engineers carefully working on the top
Engineers installing in 4G BTS
Translated by Thu Nguyen