Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a master plan to develop the
country’s telecommunications network up to 2020, to ensure that 40-45
percent of all households have a telephone by 2015, 40-45 percent of the
population have access to the internet by 2015 and 55-60 percent by
The plan also targets 90 percent of the population having mobile phone
coverage by 2015 and 95 percent in 2020. The growth rate in the
telecommunications sector will make up 1.2-1.5 times of the GDP growth
rate by 2020. The total revenue from this sector is also expected to
reach 15-17 billion USD by 2020, or 6-7 percent of the country’s GDP.
Under the plan, in the near future, Vietnam will
restructure its telecoms market on the basis of re-organising businesses
in the sector, especially incompetent state-owned enterprises.
The country plans to speed up the development of its ADSL (Asymmetric
Digital Subscriber Line) network, expand the mobile network and improve
the quality of 3G technology to help subscriber’s access the internet
whenever and wherever they are.
The plan also
prioritises completing the restructuring of the Vietnam Post and
Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and the Military Telecommunications
Group (Viettel) to raise their competitive capacity and improve the
quality of their manufacturing and operational effectiveness.-VNA