MIC gearing up for 2.6 Ghz auction

HÀ NỘI — Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng has urged the Authority of Radio Frequency Management to auction off space on the 2.6 Ghz spectrum. 

Nguyễn Đức Trung, director of the authority, said the authority had met with representatives of Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Planning and Investment to soon complete necessary procedures for the practice.

The 2.6Ghz spectrum is an important resource to expand 4G coverage, especially in provinces and cities with a high concentration of 4G subscribers.

Vietnamese mobile networks are currently operating four mobile technologies including 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G, said the Việt Nam Telecommunications Authority (VNTA).

This caused high operating costs for businesses, while they could not focus resources on new generation mobile technology, it said.

Radiofrequency resources are split, reducing resource efficiency and affecting the quality of services provided to customers, said VNTA.

Previously, the Government requested the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) speed up the licensing process of 2.6 GHz band to deploy 4G network for telecommunication enterprises in accordance with the law before June 20 this year.

In compliance with the Government’s request for frequency band planning, the Ministry of Information and Communications will formulate a roadmap and submit to the Government the suspension of 2G technology and license 5G for commercial use this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam chaired a meeting with representatives of ministries and agencies to remove difficulties in granting broadbands, improving the quality and services of 4G networks in July 2018.

Currently, the bandwidth flow for 4G networks on the 1800 MHz band, which also serves 2G networks, is too low compared to actual needs, affecting the quality of 4G speed and service.

The average speed of internet in Việt Nam ranks 75th in the world.

Therefore, the MIC plans to license the 2.6 GHz spectrum to enable telecommunications firms to improve their 4G networks.

The Ministry of Information and Communications licensed Viettel to test the new 2.6 GHz frequency in 12 provinces and cities on December 30 last year.

Viettel said that in the past, to serve the needs of 4G with more than 38,000 stations amid a lack of frequency resources, the firm had to optimise the entire 1800MHz band of the 2G network and a part of the 2,100 MHz bands of the 3G network. — VNS

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