Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a programme for the development of the country’s high speed telecoms infrastructure, with the aim of increasing nationwide fixed broadband penetration to 40% by 2020. According to the Vietnam News Agency, the strategy also aims to ensure that at least 60% of fixed internet subscribers will have a minimum downstream connection speed of 25Mbps by 2020. The plan aims to ensure that all of the country’s public internet access points will use a fixed broadband service by that date, half of which will use a minimum download connection rate of 50Mbps. With regards to mobile data networks, the broadband development plan seeks to ensure that at least 95% of residential areas will have coverage of 3G/4G services at average downstream speeds of 4Mbps in urban locations and 2Mbps in more rural areas. In addition, the broadband programme will focus on promoting the application of digital content and ICT services, such as e-government, e-commerce and disaster prevention.
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