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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. Into 2016 the once hot' Vietnam mobile market had cooled somewhat and the rate of subscriber growth had eased considerably. The exact disposition of the market was not totally clear as the authorities and other sources issued a range of conflicting statistics. In early 2016, based on the best data, the reported number of mobile subscribers had passed 137 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 gradual 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;
although the 3G network rollout had been successfully implemented, subscriber numbers were substantially lower than expected;
the regulator had authorised operators to launch trial 4G/LTE networks and that was happening;
the MIC was preparing to licence 4G/LTE services in 2016 with operators expecting to launch 4G in early 2017;
MobiFone had been hived off from VNPT and was operating independently;
Vinaphone has been relaunched as a fresh subsidiary of VNPT and was taking an aggressive position in the market;
the MIC had revoked the licences of service providers for failure to roll out networks in time;Viettel was continuing to expand its overseas ventures, with some 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 overview and 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 2016; 2017; 2020
3.2.1 Scenario forecasts
3.2.2 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 Numbering
4.2 Registration of prepaid services/SIM cards
4.3 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
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 Development of 3G
6.3.4 Preparing for 4G
6.4 VNPT-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 Operational statistics
6.7 Gmobile (formerly Beeline)
6.7.1 Vimpelcom's exit
6.8 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
9. Related reports
Table 1 Historical - mobile subscribers 1995 - 2005
Table 2 Mobile subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 3 Mobile subscribers 2011 2015 (alternative version)
Table 6 Mobile operators networks and total subscribers 2014
Table 7 Mobile operators networks and total subscribers 2015
Table 8 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2014
Table 9 Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2015
Table 10 Mobile services revenue 2003 - 2015
Table 11 Mobile services sector estimated ARPU 1998 - 2015
Table 12 Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates 2016; 2017; 2020
Table 13 Total international internet bandwidth 2003 - 2015
Table 15 Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 - 2015
Table 17 3G mobile subscribers by operator 2014
Table 18 Historical - VNPT subscribers 1998 2014
Table 19 MobiFone subscribers 1998 - 2015
Table 20 MobiFone's 3G subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 21 Vinaphone subscribers 1998 - 2015
Table 22 Vinaphone: 3G subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 23 Viettel subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 24 Viettel's 3G subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 25 Historical - HT Mobile (CDMA) subscribers 2006 - 2009
Table 26 Vietnamobile (GSM) subscribers 2009 - 2015
Table 27 Vietnamobile's 3G subscribers 2012 - 2015
Table 28 Gmobile (Beeline) subscribers 2009 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile subscribers and annual change 2006 - 2016
Chart 2 Mobile market share by operator 2015
Chart 3 Mobile services revenue 2003 - 2015
Chart 4 VNPT subscribers 2005 - 2014

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