Vietnam - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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.

Vietnam is ranked 18th with a Telecoms Maturity Index score of 33. Vietnam is also ranked 11th in the “Developing Nations” category out of 16 countries. (BuddeComm’s “Asian Telecoms Maturity Index”, is an index (on a scale between 0 and 100) that measures and ranks the relative maturity of the telecoms industry in all of the 34 countries in Asia.) Compared to other Asian nations, Vietnam has very low fixed line penetration, low fixed broadband penetration, high mobile penetration and low mobile broadband penetration.

After peaking in 2009 the fixed line market in Vietnam has seen a significant decline by 2017. Further declines are predicted over the next five years to 2022.

This report presents an overview of Vietnam’s telecom market, providing information on telecom infrastructure, operators and the regulatory environment. It includes key statistics and analysis of aspects of the country’s telecoms sector.

Key developments:

  • Vietnam’s broadband market is growing strongly, on the back of the mobile broadband sector;
  • fibre-based broadband subscribers continue to grow strongly.
  • The fixed line market in Vietnam has seen a significant decline over the past few years.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

VNPT; Vinaphone; Mobifone; Viettel; S-Fone; EVN Telecom; Vietnamobile, GMobile/GTel.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Regional Asian Market Comparison
  • 4. Country Overview
    • 4.1 Background
    • 4.2 World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • 5. Telecommunications market
    • 5.1 Market Revenue
    • 5.2 Foreign investment
  • 6. Regulatory environment
    • 6.1 Regulatory authority
      • 6.1.1 Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)
      • 6.1.2 Vietnam Telecommunications Authority (VNTA)
    • 6.2 Government policies
    • 6.3 Telecom licences
    • 6.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • 7. Fixed-line operators
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Vietnam Post & Telecommunications (VNPT)
    • 7.3 Viettel
    • 7.4 FPT Telecom
    • 7.5 GTel
  • 8. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 8.1 National telecom network
      • 8.1.1 Background
      • 8.1.2 Statistics
    • 8.2 New developments
      • 8.2.1 Cross VietNam Cable System (CVCS).
      • 8.2.2 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)
    • 8.3 International infrastructure
      • 8.3.1 Background to development
      • 8.3.2 Statistics
      • 8.3.3 Submarine cable networks
      • 8.3.4 Satellite networks
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Vietnam – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 7 – Historic - Fixed-line subscribers and market share by operator – 2011
  • Table 8 – Historic - VNPT fixed-line subscribers and penetration – 2000 – 2005
  • Table 9 – VNPT fixed-line subscribers and penetration – 2006 – 2016
  • Table 10 – Historic- Fixed line subscribers, annual change and penetration – 1990 – 2006
  • Table 11– Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2003 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index by Market Category
  • Chart 2 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index – South East Asia
  • Chart 3 – Asian Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
  • Chart 4 – Fixed Broadband vs Mobile Penetration – South East Asia
  • Chart 5 – Fixed Line Subscriptions and Penetration – 2007 - 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – South East Asia -Telecoms Markets- Country Snapshot
  • Exhibit 2 –MIC’s assigned policy and regulatory responsibilities

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Last updated 8 Feb 2018
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Analyst: Phil Harpur

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