Vietnam to enter 4G era by early next year

Dylan Bushell-Embling
10 Feb 2015

The Vietnamese government aims to allow operators to start launching LTE networks at the end of the year or early into the next.

The country is planning to conduct a 4G auction of 2.3-GHz and 2.6-GHz spectrum to facilitate the rollouts, Thanh Nien Newsreported.

Vietnam's department of radio frequencies will also promote the use of the 900-MHz band for 4G as well as 3G.

The nation's operators have shown a preference for the use of low-frequency spectrum to allow them to provide services in rural as well as urban areas.

Operators have shown a preference to refarm low-band 2G spectrum for 3G services, and demonstrated a reluctance to invest in to invest in high frequencies.

Experts have recommended that Vietnam should not be in a rush to transition to 4G, as this will require significant investments in infrastructure and the nation's 3G market is still at a high-growth stage. Vietnam was late to enter the 3G era, with the services first introduced in 2009.

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