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Vinaphone, Mobifone to launch 5G networks in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Vinaphone, Mobifone to launch 5G networks in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, November 26, 2020, 15:33 GMT+7
Vinaphone, Mobifone to launch 5G networks in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Two VNPT employees at a Vinaphone 5G base station. Photo: Cao Hung / Tuoi Tre

Two major Vietnamese telecom service providers Vinaphone and Mobifone are set to launch 5G commercial networks in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in December.

Both Vinaphone and Mobifone are establishing their own 5G base stations in each of Vietnam’s biggest cities as part of their respective plans for brining commercial 5G to the country.  

VNPT Group, which owns the Vinaphone network, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday that they would offer promotions related to their 5G service as part of the launch. 

Vinaphone has also said it will open up 5G hotspots in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City where users with 5G-capable devices will have the opportunity to experience the new technology.

Only newer mobile device models are 5G-compatible, and those with such devices can use the technology for augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and robotics navigation.

Vinaphone’s 5G network allows users to access a Wi-Fi connection with a maximum speed of 2.2Gbps, about 10 times faster than its current 4G network.

To prepare for the launch of its 5G commercial network, in addition to developing the network infrastructure, VNPT has also been in collaboration with its partners to supply more 5G-capable devices.

One month ago, Mobifone announced that it would be launching its own 5G commercial network in December as well.

“Mobifone’s Ho Chi Minh City customers will be able to test our 5G commercial network in December,” the company’s statement read.

During the network’s pilot periods, Mobifone’s 5G will launch on a 2,600MHz band while Vinaphone will be available on 2,600MHz and 3,700-3,800MHz bands.

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