Trial underway in Ba Ria Vung Tau province from December 12.
Viettel started a trial of its 4G service on December 12 in southern Ba Ria Vung Tau province, one month after receiving a license to do so from the Ministry of Information and Communications.
People wishing to use the service must change to a new type of SIM card, which can be done for free, and have a suitable smartphone.
Viettel has invested in nearly 200 stations covering the entire residential area of Vung Tau city, Ba Ria city, and Long Dien district. The average speed of the 4G service is from 40 to 80 Mbps, or seven times faster than the average speed of 3G.
In the first week of the pilot, from December 12 to December 18, Viettel will have six locations offering customers a test experience, in shopping malls, supermarkets, and large stores of the corporation in the province. The reason Viettel chose Ba Ria Vung Tau is that it is the economic and financial center as well as a cultural and tourism center of the south.
Mr. Nguyen Viet Dung, General Director of Viettel Telecom, told local media that they aim to trial 4G services in large urban areas before the lunar new year in February.
Viettel is the first network provider to offer a 4G service. Two other large telecommunication corporations, Vinaphone and MobiFone, are also completing the final tasks to introduce the service soon.
Leaders from the Ministry said that network providers will be approved to run 4G as a commercial service from 2017.