Viettel, Vietnam’s largest mobile network provider and Sweden’s Ericsson successfully established the first call using fifth generation (5G) technology in Vietnam.
As a part of Viettel’s 5G technical testing program, the call enables network connection speed to reach its peak at 1.5 to 1.7Gbps, beyond the theoretical speed limit of the 4G LTE network and equal to that of commercial fiber optic cable.
Taking place on May 10, the 5G launching ceremony set Vietnam as one of the earliest countries to successfully test a 5G network, after the US, Australia, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
According to Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Communication, the 5G technology was expected to advance Vietnam to be one of the forefront countries in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Also, he added that the 5G will be available in commercial operation in 2020 making Vietnam one of the first countries to deploy the latest network.
“One of the applications in the first phase of 5G is smart factories. Viettel and other network providers must experiment to cover 5G in all hi-tech zones, national innovation centres and smart factories by 2020,” the Minister added.
Le Dang Dung, Viettel Group’s acting chairman and general director, likewise, affirmed that Viettel is ready to mastering and deploying this modern technology in Vietnam as Viettel previously took a charge in installing 4G LTE-M and NB-IoT which were the fundamental innovation for developing 5G in terms of transmission infrastructure.
“Viettel is ready to apply artificial intelligence solutions to solve social problems. Viettel also builds the largest and most sophisticated network security team in Viet Nam to protect the safety of users on the internet,” he affirmed.
The 5G test came a month after the launching ceremony of Vietnam’s first Internet of things (IoT) Innovation Hub which was the joint work between Ericsson and Vietnam’s government. The centre was established to provide the platform for startup companies as well as organizations involved in education and research to promote IoT technology in Vietnam in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
Source: Vietnam News Agency