Vietnam carrier tests budget 5G in 4 SE Asia countries

Viettel yet to say whether it will use Huawei gear in foreign markets.

Viettel Group, Vietnam’s largest mobile carrier, will launch a trial service of 5G networks in Laos by year-end, expanding the list of Southeast countries where it seeks to commercialize the service to four.

The military-run telecom company has been testing the next-generation technology in Myanmar and Cambodia through local arms since summer, and in its home market since last month, seeking to offer affordable service.

Viettel has not announced whether it will reject using equipment from China’s Huawei Technologies as it did for its home market.

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