Vietnam's largest mobile network operator Viettel has partnered with Ericsson to conduct the country's first 5G pilot.
Viettel installed a 5G base-station in Hanoi. The network runs at 1.5-1.7 Gbps.
The telco will conduct other trial projects in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The pilots will start in June to collect a detailed evaluation on coverage, data and maximum speed to prepare for 5G network planning and design nationwide.
The minister of information and communications Nguyen Manh Hung, said: "Viettel and other operators must test their 5G deployment early in order to provide 5G connections for all the industrial sites and smart factories of the country in 2020."
"With the mission of constructing a digital society in Vietnam, Viettel is confident in its ability to master latest technologies. Viettel has just deployed 4G LTE-M and NB-IoT which make us one of the first 50 operators to deploy these technologies in the world. We are ready to resolve many challenges that society faces today using the most advanced technologies. We are also building the best network security team to protect the safety of our users," said Le Dang Dung, CEO of Viettel Group.
"Viettel and Ericsson both recognize the importance of using 5G to deliver the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, promising to transform digitally all industry from manufacturing, agriculture to healthcare and education," says Denis Brunetti, Chairman of Ericsson Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.