4G service's availability is limited during the trial period. Photo credit: VNA
Soon after Vietnamese telecom giants kicked off their race for high-speed 4G services, the Ministry of Information and Communication has asked them to slow down.
News website VnEconomy reported on Wednesday that the ministry has ordered local companies to limit the new services to only three cities and provinces during the first year. Within each area, they will not be allowed to build more than 100 base transceiver stations.
It is unclear why the ministry wants to narrow the scope of the service launch.
Early this month Viettel and Vinaphone told local media that they will roll out the new technology next month on a trial basis.
They were quoted as promising their services will be available widely with tens of thousands of base transceiver stations, and that the prices will be similar, or even cheaper than 3G rates.
The other mobile carriers, MobiFone and GTel Mobile, have yet to reveal their plans.
MobiFone, Viettel, and Vinaphone accounts for a total of 99 percent of the local 3G market, which had 29.1 million subscribers as of June.