Vietnamese mobile operators Viettel and MobiFone are hoping to launch 3G services before the end of the year. MobiFone is required to cover 100 percent of populated cities in 63 provinces with 3G services from December 2009. The company is reportedly in the final stages of rolling out 2,400 base stations. The operator plans to roll out 7,700 base stations over three years, VietNamNet writes. Rival Viettel is set to complete 3G tests in Ho Chi Minh City and plans to launch 3G services before year-end, six months ahead of schedule. Viettel is required to launch 3G services by June 2010. VinaPhone was the first Vietnamese operator to launch 3G services on 12 October this year.