Vietnam marches toward 5G despite warnings about early deployment (VietNamNet)

The first license for 5G, the fifth-generation mobile technology, IMT 2020, has been granted to the military telco Viettel. The experiments will be carried out in 73 places in Hanoi and HCMC.

Viettel now has the right to use the frequency bands 2575 – 2615 MHz, 3700 – 3800 MHz and 26500 – 27500 MHz to implement experiments. 

The licensing occurred several days after a MIC conference on tasks in 2019 which put emphasis on the time to begin 5G. It is expected that HCMC will be the first city in the country to use 5G services before 5G becomes commercialized in 2020.

Along with the trial of 5G, MIC will continue granting licenses for 4G services and consider a roadmap to stop 2G and 3G.

Thieu Phuong Nam, CEO of Qualcomm Vietnam, said the world has begun 5G and now is the right time for Vietnam to take the first steps to implement 5G.

Qualcomm has been preparing well for the 5G era. It is expected that it will have about 30 devices, mostly smartphones using 5G chips, to be marketed in 2019.

According to Nam, the mobile telecom industry needs about 10 years to commercialize one new telecom platform. This could be seen in the development process of 3G, 4G and 5G.

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18 February 2019

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