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

Synopsis

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. 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.

Viettel is the largest mobile operator in Vietnam with over 40% market share, followed by MobiFone VTNL-Vinaphone and Vietnamobile. The Vietnamese mobile market has shown moderate growth over the past few years, increasing from mobile penetration of 135% in 2013 to 147% in 2016. However over the past two years the market has reached a saturation point, as mobile growth slow significantly. Further slow growth is expected to continue over the next five years to 2021. By that time penetration is expected to reach over 150%.

In November 2016 VNPT-Vinaphone became the country’s first commercial provider of 4G LTE services when it activated its 1800MHz network. By 2017, all four major mobile operators had been issued 4G licenses, and rollouts had begun with a number of these operators. 4G access will open up many opportunities for rural residents to learn, consume entertainment, find jobs and generally narrow the gap between urban and rural areas.

This report provides 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:

  • MobiFone began deploying Nokia’s 100G optical transport network (OTN) and DWDM regional network from Ho Chi Minh City to more than ten provinces
  • Viettel Telecom announced plans to launch its 4G LTE network. Viettel will focus on offering 4G services nationwide from launch, Hoang Son revealed.
  • Vietnamobile signed contracts with Ericsson and ZTE Corporation for the expansion of the cellco’s 3G network to around 90% of the population by the end of 2017.
  • Vietnamobile, announced plans to expand the coverage of its 3G network nationwide.

Companies mentioned in this report:

VNPT; Vinaphone; Mobifone; Viettel; S-Fone; Viettel; Vietnamobile

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market overview and analysis
  • 3. Mobile Statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
      • 3.1.1 Operational
      • 3.1.2 Financials
    • 3.2 Forecasts – mobile services – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 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 Overview
    • 6.2 Statistics
    • 6.3 International
    • 6.4 VNPT
      • 6.4.1 Overview
      • 6.4.2 Restructure
    • 6.5 MobiFone
      • 6.5.1 Overview
      • 6.5.2 Proposed IPO
      • 6.5.3 3G
      • 6.5.4 4G
    • 6.6 VNPT-Vinaphone
      • 6.6.1 Overview
      • 6.6.2 3G
      • 6.6.3 4G
    • 6.7 Viettel
      • 6.7.1 Overview
      • 6.7.2 Overview
      • 6.7.3 3G
      • 6.7.4 4G
      • 6.7.5 International business
    • 6.8 Vietnamobile
      • 6.8.1 Overview
      • 6.8.2 Transition from CDMA to GSM
      • 6.8.3 3G
      • 6.8.4 Operational statistics
    • 6.9 GTel Mobile / Gmobile (formerly Beeline)
      • 6.9.1 4G
      • 6.9.2 Vimpelcom’s exit
    • 6.10 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 7. Mobile Content and Applications
    • 7.1 M-Commerce
    • 7.2 M-Banking
      • 7.2.1 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 – Total 3G mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 4– Mobile services revenue – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 5 – Mobile services sector estimated ARPU – 1998 - 2016
    • Table 6 – Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates – 2016; 2018; 2021
    • Table 7 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 8 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2016
    • Table 9 – Total 3G mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2015
    • Table 10 – Mobile operators – networks
    • Table 11 – Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2016
    • Table 12 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and market share by operator - 2014
    • Table 13 – Historical - VNPT subscribers – 1998 – 2014
    • Table 14 – MobiFone subscribers – 1998 - 2016
    • Table 15 – VNPT - Vinaphone subscribers – 1998 - 2016
    • Table 16 – Viettel subscribers – 2004 - 2016
    • Table 17 – Historical - HT Mobile (CDMA) subscribers – 2006 - 2009
    • Table 18 – Vietnamobile (GSM) subscribers – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 19 – Historic - Gmobile (Beeline) subscribers – 2009 - 2015
    • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and annual change – 2006 - 2016

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Number of pages 26

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Last updated 21 Mar 2017
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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