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First-ever mobile satellite service provided across Vietnam

Friday, August 05, 2016, 17:46 GMT+7

Vietnam will be covered by a full mobile network following the launch of a mobile satellite service offered for the first time ever by a telecommunications giant.

A ceremony was organized in Hanoi on Thursday to mark the provision of VinaPhone-S, a mobile satellite service developed by Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and its subsidiary, Vinaphone, a major mobile network operator.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc praised the efforts of the two organizations in the research and provision of the new service.

According to the Vietnamese head of government, the complicated geographical features of Vietnam, including high mountains and vast seas, have posed difficulty in providing mobile coverage for the entire country.

The new mobile satellite service, which helps offer signals to all localities, does not only play a significant role in the diversification of VNPT and Vinaphone’s products but also reflects the two firms’ fulfillment of social and political tasks assigned by the government, PM Phuc elaborated.

The project has essential socio-economic value, enhancing information connection and contributing to the affirmation of Vietnam’s territorial sovereignty, the premier continued.

With the ability to ensure communications under all conditions, VinaPhone-S is anticipated to be an effective tool for Vietnamese fishermen, who operate far offshore, to stay in contact with competent agencies.

To have access to the new technology, users only need a mobile device and a post-paid Vinaphone SIM card registered with the service.

VinaPhone-S can help users make phone calls, send text messages, operate their Global Positioning System (GPS), and get weather updates anywhere in Vietnam, with its coverage reaching two-thirds of the planet.

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