Samsung Electronics and the Vietnamese multinational telecommunications company Viettel announced that the companies have started 5G commercial trials in Da Nang, the largest city in the Central Vietnam region.
The pair is testing Samsung’s advanced 5G solutions, including baseband units and the 64T64R Massive MIMO radio and radios on mid-band spectrum, to power Viettel’s commercial network.
Both the Korean company and Vietnamese telco will verify the solutions and capabilities unlocked by the 5G commercial trials.
Viettel deputy general director Tao Duc Thang said: "Viettel will join hands to make smart city development in Da Nang more synchronous and modern, to connect broadband in multi-dimensional and safe ways, ensuring the best network infrastructure for digital government development, [and] supporting business and growth of Da Nang".
The port city is the 11th city to get Viettel's 5G coverage, after cities such as Hanoi, Bac Ninh, and Ho Chi Minh City.
People in these areas can experience 5G for free with unlimited capacity, on many 5G support devices, said a press release. The 5G Viettel network in the above areas has a stable data download speed of 600-700 Mbps, the highest of up to more than 1Gbps.
“We are excited to work with Viettel to bring immersive and reliable 5G services to consumers and demonstrate Samsung’s technical leadership in Vietnam. This trial marks a big first step for the two companies’ collaborative efforts in Vietnam,” said Ho Chi Dung, Vice President, Network Business, Samsung VINA. “We look forward to supporting Viettel with a network that is ready to unlock the future of mobile connectivity in Vietnam, and that brings a new level of 5G experiences to the country’s increasing number of mobile users.”