Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has received a license this week that will allow it to begin 5G commercial services in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The state-owned telecom firm is the third Vietnamese teleco to be allowed to begin its tests, after Viettel and Mobifone. The company will be allowed to conduct tests using a maximum of 50 base transceiver stations each in Hanoi and HCMC.
In Hanoi, the tests will be primarily conducted near Hoan Kiem Lake, while in HCMC, the tests will be conducted in District 1 in areas such as the Notre Dame Cathedral and Nguyen Hue Street.
According to VNPT, the tests will allow the company to assess its technology and also have a better understanding of how it should roll out commercial 5G consumer services. A key consideration of the tests will be whether they follow cybersecurity safety and privacy regulations that have been defined by the Ministry of Information and Communications.
The first 5G phone call in Vietnam was made in January, using equipment manufactured by military-owned Viettel, which has been conducting non-commercial tests and installing equipment since last year.
Vietnamese consumers have shown very little interest in 5G technologies and applications, but Cisco, one of the leaders in global telecommunications projects that Vietnam will have more than 6 million people subscribing to 5G services by 2025. 5G will offer business and consumers internet speeds that are 100 times faster than 4G and will support new future technology applications.