There is a huge gap between big and small operators in Vietnam, with state-owned enterprises, Viettel, Vinaphone and MobiFone accounting for 95% of the market share. As a result, smaller operators cannot compete, and have no other choice but to merge or more likely face the risk of bankruptcy.
Lao Telecommunication Company (LTC) improved its 3G mobile system in 2013 to allow for higher data usage by customers and deployed 60 LTE base station in Vientiane, although not commercial available yet.
Mobile data users at Thailand's largest mobile operator, Advanced Info Service (AIS) grew by 1.8 million and reached 14 million end of 2013, mainly driven by social applications and declining price of smart devices.
Despite political instability, Thailand’s second largest mobile operator, Total Access Communication (DTAC) saw a year with record-high growth of 143.8% QoQ in handset sales, increased smartphone penetration and prepaid subscribers increasingly adopting and experiencing mobile internet. Subscribers increased from 26.3 million in 2012 to 27.9 million in 2013 with net addition gain by 1.6 million.
The number of mobile phone users in Myanmar is expected to reach 80 percent of the country’s population during the fiscal year 2015-16, according to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology.
Monday, 02 December 2013 11:43

TOT delays second-phase 3G expansion to 2014

The second phase of TOT's 3G 2100 MHz network expansion has been put off until 2014, as the state-run telecom provider can’t decide on its partnership models.