At this time, many countries around the world are rushing to deploy 5G mobile networks to prove themselves as world leaders in the telecommunications industry, Viettel silently made quick steps in the production of 5G equipment and deployment of its 5G network. Viettel’s deployment of a commercial 5G mobile network has marked a new development phase in Vietnam’s telecommunications industry. It has also proved that Vietnam has conquered the new telecommunication technology and caught up with the world’s technologically advanced countries.

Advanced technology

Viettel is among just a few mobile services providers in the world that have developed 5G equipment and deployed 5G networks successfully at the same time. Director of Viettel Network Corporation Colonel Dao Xuan Vu revealed that the speed of Viettel’s 5G network is 1.2 Gbps-1.5. So far, Viettel has installed 100 base transceiver stations (BTS) in the three districts of Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh and Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi. That means its 5G network covers every corner of the three districts while the speed of Internet connection is high.

Pressing button to launch the service

The non-standalone access technology that is used by world leading mobile service providers is installed by Viettel in its BTS. The technology has universally been proved to improve the coverage and capacity of the network while minimizing interference. It also helps the 5G network to increase the connection speed by 10 times in comparison to the 4G network.

Specially, Viettel uses 64T64R antennas – the world’s most advanced antenna, which outpaces the 4T4R antenna currently used in many countries in terms of both capacity and coverage.

The infrastructure of Viettel’s 5G mobile network includes equipment made by Ericson (Sweden) and those made by the group itself. According to experts, Viettel’s equipment for its 5G network is more compact and suitable for Vietnam’s climate but it still meets all international standards.

At a recent ceremony to launch the pilot commercial run of the 5G network, Acting Chairman and Director General of Viettel Major General Le Dang Dung stated, “Viettel has made a big step forward in realizing the goals for building a digital economy and digital society in Vietnam. With Viettel’s production of 5G equipment, Vietnam has become one of the few 5G equipment suppliers in the world.”

The leader of Viettel also said that the test run is the opening of the commercialization of 5G services in Vietnam. The 5G mobile network offers Internet connection and data download at a nearly-real-time speed which will accelerate digital transformation, back innovations and new industries, and contribute significantly to socio-economic development in Vietnam.

Viettel aims to export made-in-Vietnam 5G equipment

With its policy to develop telecommunications structures to facilitate the building of a digital economy, the Ministry of Information and Communications has recently licensed Vietnamese mobile services providers to pilot 5G services. The 5G network has been seen as an opportunity for Vietnam to develop its information and telecommunications sector to the level of developed countries as well as to speed up the building of a digital economy. In fact, domestic telecoms have fiercely competed with one another and with foreign rivals to conquer the 5G technology, build a 5G network and provide 5G services as soon as possible. 

According to Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Phan Tam, the 5G network will serve as an infrastructure for Vietnam to develop in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). “The 5G network will help Vietnam catch up with Industry 4.0 so the 5G network must be built first,” said Phan Tam.

In building the 5G network, Vietnam has attached much importance to researching and developing 5G equipment. To meet this goal, the Ministry of Information and Communications has provided support for domestic telecoms to produce telecommunications terminals, transmission devices and major equipment for the network. Viettel’s pilot commercial run of 5G networks is a good opportunity for the telecom to test the equipment and devices made by its own, according to Phan Tam. He also revealed that few mobile services providers in the world can produce 5G equipment and devices.

In order to successfully commercialize the 5G network, the official suggested that Viettel and other mobile service providers should share technical infrastructure to reduce their investment in building BTS and operational costs.

Viettel should also draw up plans to deploy 5G networks in high-demand areas while continuously researching and developing equipment and devices that use the 5G technology to meet the domestic demand and export its 5G technology equipment and devices to foreign markets.

Viettel should also maintain the good quality of its 4G networks in the areas which its 5G networks have not yet covered.

According to Viettel’s leaders, the group is planning to pilot-run its commercial networks in Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. The group also announced that Viettel’s subscribers can experience 5G services for free during the test run.

Translated by Thu Nguyen