HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam will delay licensing mobile operators to provide fourth generation network (4G) services until 2015, after service providers carry out test runs and an assessment of market demand for the new technology.
According to the Authority of Radio Frequency Management (ARFM), as many as five mobile operators had already been allowed to run basic 4G trials since 2010. 4G promises to ensure much faster mobile and internet connections than the 3G network.
A representative from ARFM, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications (MIC), said that as demand for 3G in Viet Nam is still low compared to the world average, it was not a good time to provide the next generation technology.
"If the number of 3G subscribers saw a 100 per cent growth rate each year from now to 2015, we would considering giving licences to mobile operators," said the representative.
According to MIC, Viet Nam has over 16 million 3G subscribers out of 123 million mobile phone subscribers.
The 4G system provides mobile ultra-broadband internet access to smart phones, laptops and other devices with USB wireless modems.
Possible applications include much faster mobile web access, IP telephony, gaming services, high-definition mobile TV, video conferencing and 3D television. — VNS