Military-run telecom operator Viettel has officially launched a third-generation (3G) mobile phone network in Peru under trademark Bitel.
Bitel now is the first mobile operator in Peru that solely provides 3G-only services, according to a press release issued by Viettel on Wednesday.
Peru is the first overseas market for Viettel--though the nation's GDP is 3 times higher than Vietnam's. Bitel has attracted over 200.000 customers by providing service before its official launch.
Viettel has provided services in seven countries including Cambodia, Laos, Timor, Haiti, Mozambique, Peru and Cameroon. It has also received licenses for providing services in Burundi and Tanzania.
The operator has more than 68 million subscribers worldwide, according to the press release. Its revenues in 2013 were roughly equal to $8 billion.