Vietnamese mobile operator MobiFone has officially launched its W-CDMA/HSDPA network, local news source VietNamNet reports. MobiFone’s subscribers are now able to enjoy services such as videocalling, mobile TV offering 32 channels, and high speed internet at download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps. The company has launched a number of mobile internet packages ranging in price from VND3,000 (USD0.16) per day to VND50,000 for 30 days. MobiFone is the second cellco in the country to provide 3G services, after Vinaphone launched its offering in October this year. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MobiFone is majority-owned by state-run national PTO Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Corporation (VNPT) through its Vietnam Mobile Telecom Services (VMS) division. It was awarded a licence to provide third-generation services in April 2009.
In a separate but related story, military-run cellco Viettel has launched trial 3G services in 17 cities and provinces in preparation for a commercial launch in early 2010. Viettel first launched trial 3G services in Ho Chi Minh City in October 2009, and has now expanded the service to Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Can Tho in the south, together with some northern provinces.