MobiFone commercializes 3G services

Mobile phone network MobiFone officially launched 3G services in Vietnam on Dec. 15, becoming the second 3G provider after VinaPhone.

MobiFone says it introduces four key services namely Video Call, Mobile Internet, Mobile TV and Mobile Broadband fast connect.

The network uses HSDPA technology that allows its customers to access to the Internet, emails or download at a speed of 7.2Mbps. In addition, MobiFone has signed 3G roaming deals with over 50 3G networks all over the world.

The operator also started providing WAP service at wap.mobifone.com.vn.

In a related development, the military-run operator Viettel said it launched trial 3G service in 17 cities and provinces this month in preparation for commercializing 3G services early next year.

Viettel first launched trial 3G service in Ho Chi Minh City in October, and has now expanded the service to Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Can Tho in the south, together with some northern provinces.

Viettel has plans to invest almost VND12.8 trillion within three years to construct 3G infrastructure and services.

In October, VinaPhone became Vietnam’s first network to commercialize 3G services.

At present, other networks like Vietnamobile, Beeline and S-Fone are seeking to launch new value added services and improve service quality.

By Thuy Nguyen

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