5G Comes To Vietnam’s Silicon Valley

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The central Vietnamese city of Da Nang is continuing its development as a smart city, with the signing of a new memorandum of understanding with a new set of technology goals for 2025.

The city government has signed the MOU with Viettel Group, committing the partner to launch the 5G service and enable the IoT applications, a digital database center, and cyber security services.

This will be the second phase of Da Nang’s technology development, with the initial five-year period ending in 2020 seeing the introduction of smart solutions in transport infrastructure, power, and water delivery systems.

Da Nang also launched an e-Government initiative in 2014, making IT infrastructure available for smart connections in air control, water management, garbage collection, meteorology, earthquake and tsunami warning, and sewage management systems.

Under the latest MoU, Viettel plans to launch a 5G network at Da Nang Software Park No 1 and No 2 this year, enabling IoT applications.

Combined with the Da Nang IT Park, these zones offer 1,900 IT and communications professionals a workplace.

The ultimate goal is for Da Nang’s technology industries to drive USD1.5 billion in revenues each year and support 25,000 ICT jobs.

Da Nang has attracted the interest of foreign technology companies, with LG Electronics committing to the creation of a research and development center.

Vietnam has national ambitions to provide 5G coverage nationwide by 2030, with Da Nang a priority city along with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

State telecoms carrier Viettel has been conducting 5G testing in partnership with Ericsson and Qualcomm since November 2020.

The Ministry of Information and Communications has commercialized 5G in Vietnam. The state influence will extend to 5G pricing, which is expected to be around the same as 4G to help drive adoption.

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