As a communist state and a centrally planned economy Vietnam has undergone significant structural change over the years. The government has progressively introduced some competition into the market place, building what it describes as ‘a socialist oriented market economy. The government set ambitious targets early on in the telecom sector, especially for the expansion of infrastructure. But initially it fell well short of these targets. This began to change, however, mainly on the back of an increasingly competitive mobile sector. After a period of strong growth over the last decade, the mobile market stalled in 2013 and suffered a major correction in that year. By 2017 growth had returned but was generally slower.
After peaking in 2009 the fixed line market in Vietnam has seen a significant decline. Market penetration has fallen from 20.1% in 2009 to 10.5% in 2012 and 5.7% in 2016.
In the meantime, having come late to the internet, Vietnam is finally embracing the higher access speeds offered by the various broadband platforms. Although there has been a surge in subscriber numbers, fixed broadband remains a relatively small but expanding market segment. Most significantly, the arrival of mobile broadband has seen widespread access to faster internet speeds.
This report presents an overview of Vietnam’s telecom market, providing information on telecom infrastructure, operators and the regulatory environment. It includes a set of the most currently available key statistics. There is also some analysis of aspects of the country’s telecoms sector.
Market penetration has fallen from 20.1% in 2009 to 10.5% in 2012 and 5.7% in 2016.
VNPT; Vinaphone; Mobifone; Viettel; S-Fone; EVN Telecom; Vietnamobile, GMobile/GTel.
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Last updated 21 Mar 2017
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