The number of 3G subscribers in Vietnam has increased by one-quarter against 2013.
Vietnam now has 19.7 million 3G service users, an increase of 4 million, or 25.4 per cent, compared to 2013. According to Vietnam’s 2014 White Book on Information and Communication Technologies, the number of 3G subscribers increased because 3G prices were adjusted by local operators to make them more competitive, prices for 3G devices fell, and there was greater interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing devices within the existing internet infrastructure.
Vietnam had 130 million phone subscribers in 2013, including fixed line and mobile. The number of mobile phone subscribers accounted for 95 per cent of total subscribers, reaching 123.7 million, a decline of 8 million compared to 2012. The number of 3G subscribers rose from 15.7 million in 2012 to 19.7 million in 2013. However, the number of 2G subscribers, including calling and text messages, fell substantially. The Ministry of Information and Communications said that declining 2G subscribers is due to the policy of tightening the number of pre-paid subscribers.
2G & 3G subscribers, by provider
In terms of 2G and 3G services, Viettel was the leading provider, with a market share of 44 per cent, followed by MobiFone with 32 per cent, Vinaphone 17 per cent, Vietnammobile 4 per cent, and Gmobile 3 per cent.