Wednesday, 19 August 2009

MVNO licence granted – Vietnam

The regulatory body in Vietnam, The Ministry of Information and Communications, has granted a mobile service licence to Indochina Telecom. The new operator will share network access with Viettel, a state run network operated by Vietnam’s military.

Le Van Phat, General Director of Indochina Telecom, was quoted saying that they will focus on the value-added services (VAS) market and mobile Internet services market to differentiate them from the crowded market they have joined; being made up of Beeline VN (60% state, 40% VimpelCom), EVN Telecom (state run), MobiFone (state run), S-Fone (Singapore owners), Vietnamobile (Hutch), Viettel Mobile (state run) and VinaPhone (state run).

Indochina is expected to start commercial operations during Q1 2010.