Vietnam and the UK have agreed to draft a memorandum of understanding on telecom market management, making it easier for their companies to explore business opportunities.

The decision was reached in London at a meeting between visiting Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son and Vice Chief Technology Officer of the UK Federal Office of Communications Steve Unger on April 30.

The Vietnamese delegation learnt about the host country’s experience in television digitalisation, audiovisual broadcasting and its future orientations.

Unger promised to consider backing Vietnam’s bid for a seat at the Radio Regulations Board under the International Telegraph Union.

Informing Unger of Vietnam’s existing telecom market, Son said the sector recorded over 1.26 million mobile phone and 31 million internet subscribers as of the late 2013, earning 9.9 billion USD in revenue.
Vietnam has launched successfully a series of satellites into space, including the remote sensing VNREDSAT-1, offering services to 67 central and local radio and television stations across the nation.

The country is looking to adopt 3G and 4G bandwidth technology next year and offer digital television services to all households by 2020, he said.-VNA