Vietnam Says No 4G Licenses Until 2015 at the Earliest

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Vietnam's ICT Ministry has said that it wont be holding any spectrum auctions to permit 4G services until next year at the earliest.

Currently three mobile networks, VNPT, FPT Telecom and Viettel having been granted temporary licenses to test LTE services in selected areas.

Thieu Phuong Nam, country manager at Qualcomm for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said that the company has also recommended the Ministry to award 4G licenses in 2015.

That is actually an improvement on the situation back in 2012, when the government was talking about 4G license auctions no earlier than 2018, due to the then slow uptake of 3G services.

Sales have since raced ahead, and in fact the biggest problem is lack of network capacity.

The deputy head of the Central Institute for Economic Management, Vo Tri Thanh also called for the Ministry to relax the restrictions on which services could be offered on the 900Mhz spectrum in order to boost 3G performance while they wait for the 4G licenses to be auctioned.

On the web: Vietnamnet

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