State-run Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) has been granted a licence to provide mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), local news source VietNamNet reports. VTC will provide 3G services over the infrastructure of EVN Telecom, which commercially launched its third-generation network earlier this month, although VTC will have its own prefix and network codes. The company plans to negotiate with other mobile networks for roaming services in the areas EVN Telecom’s network does not cover. Thai Minh Tan, director general of VTC, said the firm will build on the available 3G infrastructure to create new products and services for users, adding that the company will aim to officially launch such services nationwide by the end of 2010. Meanwhile, Minister of Information and Communication Le Doan Hop said the licensing of VTC will help increase the efficiency of using the nation’s numbering resources and reduce state investment in the field of mobile services. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the MIC approved VTC’s application to set up a wireless network and provide mobile services in April 2009. The following September the multimedia company applied for a MVNO licence from the ministry, alongside privately-owned ISP the Corporation for Financing and Promoting Technology (FPT Telecom).
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