Vietnam seems to turn to 3G as ADSL subscribers plateau

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Digital internet subscriptions have remained fixed at 4.4 million in five months ending August as 3G usage has continued to rise, according to numbers released in July-August.

Prior to the freeze, the highest ADSL subscriptions surge was nearly 27 percent from July 2011 to July 2012, according to statistics released by the General Statistics Office.

In July, VnExpress cited statistics from Ministry of Information and Communications, saying that Vietnam's 3G subscribers now numbered 12.8 million.

In July 2011, Vietnam had just 8 million 3G subscribers.

Experts told VnExpress that many digital internet or ADSL subscribers switched to wireless 3G during the freeze.

Total net profit from the telecommunications industry over the first eight months of 2012 was estimated at VND105 trillion (US$5.05 billion), up 6.8 percent from the same period last year. Phone subscriptions have increased by roughly 5.2 percent during the same period.  

By the end of August, Vietnam's total number of fixed and mobile phone subscriptions was reported as 135.8 million.

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