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Telecoms told to boost 3G quality

Update: September, 06/2014 - 09:02
HA NOI (VNS)— The Government wants internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile phone operators in Viet Nam to ensure a minimum 90 per cent success rate and 10-second delay for 3G internet service.

The new regulation from the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), contained in a circular entitled "The National technical specification requirement for mobile internet services on IMT-2000 standard," takes effect on March 1, 2015.

MT-2000 is the term which the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is using for a set of globally harmonised standards for third generation (3G) mobile telecommunication services and equipment.

MIC officials said the quality of 3G internet access in Viet Nam would be tested randomly under varying conditions such as outdoor, indoor and in-motion, and would be conducted at various times of the day.

The officials added that the regulation would force ISPs and mobile operators to enhance the quality of third generation network (3G) and enable mobile phone subscribers to supervise the service quality provided by operators. Mobile subscribers can report the quality of services to the MIC.

Last month, three of the largest carriers in Viet Nam simultaneously raised their 3G speed to 42 Mbps, or six times faster than their previous speed, to meet increasing demands for data.

The increase was put in place after the mobile giants successfully adopted the DC-HSDPA protocol for third generation mobile telecommunications technology.

MobiFone said it has upgraded to 1,000 BTSs (Base Transmission Stations), which was supporting 3G at speeds of 42 Mbps.

Viettel said it had installed BTSs with higher 3G speed in 13 province and cities across the nation and would cover 3G with a 42Mbps speed throughout the country in 2015.

Vinaphone, a subsidiary of Viet Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), said it would finish upgrading all of its 13,000 BTSs nationwide to 42Mbps next year.

The DC-HSDPA can send download speeds for 3G connections of up to 42Mbps, which was higher than that of the popular ADSL connection (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line), according to experts.

With the enhanced speed, subscribers will be able to download as many as eight MP3 songs of 5Mbps quality within one second.

Viet Nam adopted 3G technology in 2010 and now has around 20 million 3G subscribers. After three years, investment from service providers in the 3G network and infrastructure totalled US$1.3 billion, according to MIC. — VNS

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