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Vietnam - Mobile Infrastructure - Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Vietnam - Mobile Infrastructure - Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

As competition presents more challenging market conditions, Vietnam's mobile operators are steadily building their subscriber bases. Coming into 2015 the once hot' market had cooled somewhat and the rate of mobile subscriber growth had eased. The exact disposition of the market was not totally clear as the authorities and other sources issued a range of conflicting statistics. In early 2015, based on the best data, the reported number of mobile subscribers had passed 136 million.

Vietnam's mobile market has grown strongly over the last decade, evidence that the competition model the government has put in place, although with some limitations, has been working. At the same time, demand for new mobile services appeared to have dropped and growth had generally slowed. There has been a shift to value added services, with the arrival of 3G and 3G+ and ahead of the launch of 4G.

The highly competitive nature of Vietnam's mobile segment is due in no small part to it being opened up to new players, importantly including some with no involvement of the state-owned VNPT. With the operators very keen to remain competitive and at least maintain market share, the overcrowded market will inevitably rationalise; that process has begun with the takeover of EVN Telecom by Viettel and the cancellation of S-Fone's telco licence.. As with most other Asian mobile markets, growth in Vietnam was boosted by the early introduction of prepaid mobile services and prepaid remains a vital component of the business today.

In this report we provide an overview of the country's mobile market and the major operators; the report also includes a range of relevant statistics plus scenario forecasts for mobile subscriber growth.

Key developments:

Vietnam's mobile market is still growing, but at a more modest rate than a few years back;
by 2015, although the 3G network rollout had been effective, subscriber numbers were substantially lower than expected;
the regulator had authorised operators to launch trial 4G/LTE networks;
the MIC prepared to licence 4G/LTE services in 2016;
MobiFone had been hived off from VNPT, with an IPO planned in 2015/2016;
the MIC revoked the licences of service providers for failure to roll out networks in time;
Viettel was continuing to expand its overseas ventures, with ambitious plans announced.

Companies mentioned in this report:

VNPT; Vinaphone; Mobifone; Viettel; S-Fone; EVN Telecom (acquired by Viettel); Vietnamobile (Hanoi Telecom); Gmobile (formerly Beeline).


1. Synopsis
2. Market Analysis
3. Mobile Statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.1.1 Operational
3.1.2 Operators
3.1.3 Financials
3.2 Forecasts mobile services 2015; 2017; 2020
3.2.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
3.3 Mobile Data
3.3.1 Overview
3.3.2 SMS and MMS
3.4 Mobile Broadband Statistics
4. Regulatory Issues
4.1.1 Mobile call charges
4.1.2 Numbering
4.1.3 Price fixing
4.1.4 Off-net pricing
4.1.5 Spectrum
4.1.6 Mobile subscriber numbers
4.1.7 Registration of prepaid services/SIM cards
4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 GSM and CDMA
5.1.2 3G
5.1.3 4G / LTE
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
5.2.2 EDGE
6. Major Mobile Operators
6.1 Operators
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 International
6.2 VNPT
6.2.1 Overview
6.2.2 Restructure
6.3 MobiFone
6.3.1 Overview
6.3.2 Proposed IPO
6.3.3 Network development
6.3.4 Development of 3G
6.3.5 Preparing for 4G
6.4 Vinaphone
6.4.1 Overview
6.4.2 Development of 3G
6.4.3 Preparing for 4G
6.5 Viettel
6.5.1 Overview
6.5.2 Development of 3G
6.5.3 Preparing for 4G
6.5.4 International business
6.6 Vietnamobile (formerly Hutchison Vietnam/HT Mobile)
6.6.1 Overview
6.6.2 Transition from CDMA to GSM
6.6.3 Development
6.6.4 Operational statistics
6.7 Gmobile (formerly Beeline)
6.7.1 Vimpelcom's exit
6.8 Former operators
6.8.1 S-Fone (S-Telecom)
6.8.2 EVN Telecom
6.9 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile Content and Applications
7.1 M-Commerce
7.2 M-Banking
7.2.1 Overview
7.2.2 International remittances
7.3 Mobile Apps
7.4 Other m-content
8. Mobile Handsets
8.1.1 Handset market
8.1.2 Tablet market
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historical - mobile subscribers 1995 - 2005
Table 2 Mobile subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 3 Mobile subscribers 2011 - 2015
Table 6 Mobile operators networks and total subscribers 2013
Table 7 Mobile operators networks and total subscribers 2014
Table 8 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator 2013
Table 9 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2014
Table 10 Top three mobile operators market share by subscribers 2014
Table 11 Mobile services revenue 1993 - 2014
Table 12 Mobile services sector estimated ARPU 1998 - 2014
Table 13 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates 2015; 2017; 2020
Table 14 Total international internet bandwidth 2003 - 2015
Table 16 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2015
Table 17 3G mobile subscribers by operator March 2012
Table 18 3G mobile subscribers by operator 2014
Table 20 Historical - VNPT subscribers 1998 2014
Table 21 MobiFone subscribers 1998 - 2014
Table 22 MobiFone's 3G subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 23 Vinaphone subscribers 1998 - 2014
Table 24 Vinaphone: 3G subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 25 Viettel subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 26 Viettel's 3G subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 27 Historical - HT Mobile (CDMA) subscribers 2006 - 2009
Table 28 Vietnamobile (GSM) subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 29 Vietnamobile's 3G subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 30 Gmobile (Beeline) subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 31 Historical - S-Fone subscribers 2003 - 2013
Table 32 Historical - EVN Telecom subscribers 2006 - 2012
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and annual change 2005 - 2015
Chart 2 Mobile market share by operator 2014
Chart 3 Mobile services revenue 2000 - 2014
Chart 4 VNPT subscribers 2005 - 2014

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