Since 18 months of its launch in Vietnam, the 3G or third generation telecom service has attracted approximately eight million subscribers nationwide, a spokesperson from the telecom department under the Ministry of Information and Communication claimed yesterday.
The ministry hosted a conference to review the 3G services offered by the telecom companies in Vietnam. The performances of various service providers was discussed including Viettel, VinaPhone, MobiFone, Hanoi Telecom and EVN Telecom that have all built over 30,000 base transceiver stations and have attracted eight million subscribers nationwide.
Most cities and crowded residential areas in the country are now covered under 3G network.
The 3G service providers have invested over VND1.7 trillion (US$81 million), accounting to four percent of the total fund they had pledged to invest in the 3G network during the first three year period. Their earnings now touch nearly VND3.6 trillion ($171 million) from 3G services, mainly from voice services and data transmission.