Telecom giant Viettel fined for unlicensed pay TV service

By Thanh Luan, Thanh Nien News

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A screenshot of Viettel's online service MobiTV A screenshot of Viettel's online service MobiTV

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The Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information has issued fines totaling VND171 million (US$7,680) against military-run telecom group Viettel for multiple violations in broadcasting.
The highest fine of VND140 million was for providing the online pay TV service MobiTV without a license. The service was launched last year. 
Inspectors also found that Viettel, which also has a cable service, provides unregistered channels in eight cities and provinces, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong and Dak Lak.
Viettel also did not report to local authorities a complete list of movies it chose to broadcast on its channels, leaving out a number of movies. In Vietnam, broadcasters are required to keep officials posted about their content.
Established in 2009, Viettel has grown remarkably to become Vietnam’s leading mobile operator and has expanded to 10 countries abroad.
According to mobile operators’ researcher GSMA Intelligence, Viettel ranks 19th among 813 mobile operators worldwide.

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