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Viettel caught international attention as the first 5G provider in VN

December 02, 2020 | 15:17

Viettel, Vietnam’s leading telecommunications operator, has become the first in the country to launch 5G for customers.

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Viettel Group announced the launching of 5G commercial trial. (Photo: PRNewswire)

Viettel Group announced the launching of 5G commercial trial, becoming the first network operator in Vietnam to provide 5G services to customers after a period of technical tests. During the trial period, Viettel will provide unlimited 5G data free of charge, enabling customers to experience the advantages of the fifth generation of mobile technologies in terms of speed and connectivity, said PRNewswire.

Viettel's 5G base transceiver stations use Non-Standalone Access (NSA), the technology currently used by the world's leading 5G carriers such as SK Telecom, KT (South Korea), Verizon (the U.S.), and Vodafone (the U.K). Besides improving the coverage, this technology increases capacity and reduces interferences. The improved bandwidth helps to increase 5G speed by tens of times while reducing the latency by 10 times compared to 4G.

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Viettel is a pioneer in researching and manufacturing 5G equipment. (Photo: PRNewswire)

All of Viettel's 5G antennas are state-of-the-art 64T64R type (64 transmitters and 64 receivers) that double both radius of coverage and capacity compared to 4T4R antennas (4 transmitters and 4 receivers) commonly used in Vietnam.

Asianet News commented that in Vietnam, Viettel is a pioneer in researching and manufacturing 5G equipment. The telecommunications giant has tested and gradually commercialized 5G services, making Vietnam become one of the first countries in the world with access to 5G, facilitating the application of new technologies, and pioneering digital transformation.

Initial tests show that Viettel's 5G speed reaches 1.2 - 1.5 Gbps - the highest in Vietnam. Customers using Viettel's 5G services can download a 90-minute HD movie in just 30 seconds (tens of times faster than 4G services), watch live football, or play online games with lag-free experiences. Moreover, Viettel's 5G will provide the context of the boom of AR/VR applications such as virtual travel, virtual shopping…, making a huge contribution to changes in socio-economic life, said Market Insider.

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