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Vietnam to terminate 2G service by 2022: minister

Vietnam to terminate 2G service by 2022: minister

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 20:00 GMT+7
Vietnam to terminate 2G service by 2022: minister
An engineer installs infrastructure for 5G broadcast in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: C. Thuy / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam will shut down all 2G services from January 1, 2022 under a roadmap planned out by the Ministry of Information and Communications, Minister Nguyen Manh Hung said on Wednesday morning.

2G, short for second-generation cellular networks, allows services such as phone calls, text messages, picture messages, and multimedia messages.

However, the technology does not let users download data, send and receive emails, or access the Internet.

According to Minister Hung, the shutdown of 2G services plays an important role in promoting smartphone ownership, which in turn promotes e-government, online transactions, and the digital economy.

Vietnam’s telecommunications networks currently employ three different technologies, including GSM (2G) which was deployed in 1990, IMT 2000 (3G) launched in 2009, and LTE-A (4G) deployed in 2016.

The Southeast Asian country plans to launch commercial 5G mobile services this year.

The number of registered mobile subscribers has exceeded 143 million compared to the nation’s population of nearly 97 million.

About 72 percent of the population owned smartphones, according to a 2018 report by Appota.

Ninety-six percent of Vietnam’s 64 million Internet users get online on mobile devices, according to statistics from We Are Social and Hootsuite.

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