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Viettel to improve internet services in Hanoi, Vietnam

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The military-run telecom group Viettel said it expects to put into operation more than 1,000 new-technology base transceiver stations (BTS) in inner Hanoi, which will improve the quality of internet services in the city.

According to a press release, Viettel’s new BTS will replace a series of signal transceivers of 2G, 3G, and 4G networks on signal poles.

Single-band antenna and signal processing stations will be replaced by modern devices that can integrate multi-technology and multi-bandwidth. Therefore, each broadcasting pole will have only three or four devices, down two or three times compared to the number of devices previously hanging off poles.

Less equipment will make it easy for Viettel to upgrade and install 5G devices in the future, without concerns about transmission line overload.

The conversion by Viettel will help double the maximum speed of the 4G network and the capacity of networks compared to those at present and make the management of Viettel’s network database easier.

The General Director of Viettel Network, Dao Xuan Vu, said that the aim of the project is to improve the quality of its services and bring more benefits to society. Viettel plans to install new-technology BTS in other localities nationwide next year.

At the end of 2019, Vietnam had 261,000 BTS’ and 134.5 million mobile phone subscribers, according to a digital economy knowledge network that specialises in analysing information.

Of the 261,000 stations, there are 110,000 4G stations. With 4G services launched in November 2016, Vietnam’s network operators can build nearly 40,000 4G stations each year, as OpenGov reported.

Currently, about 400,000 BTS’ have been installed throughout the country with each network operator running its own system. Vietnamese providers were against collaborating, however, the COVID-19 crisis, which has impacted the economy, has forced them to rethink their strategies.

An agreement on sharing infrastructure items of 700 new BTS between VNPT and MobiFone has been signed.

Earlier this month, the indigenously-developed Vsmart Aris 5G smartphone gathered significant international attention.

The smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 765G 5G module platform and a quantum security chip. It has a Super AMOLED 6.39″ display, 8GB RAM, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Vietnam is the first Southeast Asian country to successfully develop a device using 5G technology.

Vingroup has made a breakthrough in the mobile phone industry, though the group, established initially as a real estate firm, began developing its technology division only two years ago. VinSmart has developed next-generation 5G mobile devices, which has traditionally been carried out by tech giants.

With quantum security technology, the safest security technology available so far, Vsmart Aris 5G has put Vietnam together with developed countries in the global 5G race.

In a report from last year, Vsmart products accounted for 17% of total domestic sales and the brand ranked third in a number of products sold. VinSmart still has many other ‘5G cards’ which it will launch in the future.

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