Vietnam telecom giant Viettel launches service in Haiti

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Natcom, a joint venture between Vietnamese mobile operator Viettel and the Haitian government, opened its services to the public last week, becoming the largest network in the Caribbean nation.

According to the Vietnam News Agency, Natcom has built nearly 1,000 mobile stations for both 2G and 3G technologies in Haiti and developed a network of some 3,000 kilometers of fibre optic cable. Nguyen Manh Hung, Viettel's deputy CEO, said the goal is to bring Natcom services to every area in Haiti.

The news agency also cited Haitian president Michel Martelly as saying the new network is a "revolution" of the telecommunication sector in his country.

During a one-month trial prior to the official launch, Natcom had attracted 250,000 subscribers. The Vietnam News Agency said Natcom's arrival in the Haitian market has caused phone rates to fall 20 percent.

Viettel holds a 60 percent share in the joint venture. The military-run telco has also invested in four other overseas markets Laos, Cambodia, Peru and Mozambique.

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