Vietnam Looking to Raise Cost of 3G Services

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Vietnam's 3G network operators may be about to get permission to raise their tariffs just a couple of months after a previous 40 percent hike in costs.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) and the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) have both proposed permitting tariff hikes, arguing that the current rates are still below the cost of the service.

MIC Deputy Minister Le Nam Thang said that the 3G service fees in Vietnam need to be set up based on the production costs, the market demand, and the average price level in the region.

Two months ago, the three dominant mobile networks, VinaPhone, MobiFone and Viettel all raised their prices by 40% at the same time, sparking consumer protests, and an investigation into allegations of collusion.

A large number of consumers are said to have stopped using the 3G service due to the higher prices.

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