Vietnam Telecommunication Services Revenue Reached $ 8.5 Billion
18, Sept 2013
By the end of 2012, Viet Nam had 141 million phone subscribers including 9.5 million landline
subscribers, 131.6 million mobile phones and 4.8 million broadband internet users, according to
the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC).
VNPT, Viettel rule telecoms market
Recent statistics show Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT) and Viettel
are dominating the country's telecommunications sector.
In mobile sector, Viettel has the highest market share (40.05%). MobiFone No. 2 position with
21.4% (ranked No. 3 in 2011 with 17.9%), closely followed by VinaPhone with 19.88% (2011
ranking of 2 to 30.1%), and each supplier of service accounted for only half of the subscribers of
Viettel. In the rest of the operator, Vietnamobile is accounting for 10.74% of the market,
Gmobile is 3.93%, Sfone is 0.01%.
Mobile subscriber’s market share
When to considering the service of 2G mobile phone, Viettel leading total market share (45.31%),
followed by MobiFone (19.81%), VinaPhone (18.55%), Vietnamobile (11.87%), GMobile
(4.46%), Sfone (0.01%).
3G subscribers market
For the 3G service, the 3 big service providers as Viettel, MobiFone and VinaPhone still
overwhelmed with having almost equal marketshare, in which Viettel accounts for 34.73%,
closely followed by MobiFone with 33.19% and VinaPhone 29.71%. Vietnamobile hold "piece
of cake" remaining market share (2.36%).
Data from the Vietnam 2013 White Book on information and communications technologies
released on September 16 by the Ministry of Information and Communications showed VNPT
occupied 75.4 percent of the fixed line telephone market, while Viettel commanded a 40.05
percent of Vietnam's mobile subscriptions.
Fixed-line telephone marketshare
According to the findings, Viettel trailed VNPT in the fixed line market with 22.96 percent,
followed by FPT Telecom with 0.23 percent, SPT with 1.21 percent, and VTC with 0.06 percent.
Findings also showed the number of mobile-phone subscribers and Internet users had increased
3.42 percent and 2.46 percent, respectively, compared with those in 2011.
Mobile-phone subscribers and internet users market share
Especially, VNPT leading market share in both Internet access services and fixed broadband
Internet Mobile Broadband 3. Of which, with fixed Internet access, VNPT accounted for 57.68%
(down from 63.21% of 2011 levels), outperformed the market shares of the remaining suppliers:
FPT Telecom (26.78%), Viettel (9.8%), SCTV (2.14%), CMC Telecom (1.93%), SPT (1.07%),
Netnam (0.28%), other suppliers took of 0.31%.
The book showed that the number of fixed broadband Internet subscribers rose by 24.74 percent,
reaching 4.8 million. However, the number of 3G users declined from 16 million to 15.7 million
after network providers wiped out registered subscribers who did not use the services.
Total telecom revenue
Overall in 2012, despite the economic downturn, but the total telecommunications revenue has
reached nearly $ 8.5 billion, an increase of 21% compared to 2011. Of which, mobile turnover of
services increased by more than $ 1 billion from 5.4 billion to 6.5 billion dollars and remains the
majority of revenue structure (accounting for 76.43% of total revenue). It is also the major cause
helping the growth of telecommunications market. The turnover from fixed-line and Internet of
the 3G service also increased but in modest bounce that respectively is 394.2 million (up 8.9%)
and is 474.8 million (up 1.42%).
Total revenue from mobile service
In the period 2011-2012, the telecommunications market has small variation in the number of the
3G service providers. Specifically, by the end of 2012 having 9 fixed-line service provider (up to
3, compared to previous year), 6 the mobile service providers (down 1) and 57 Internet and the
3G service providers (up 7).
The figures were announced at a ceremony held in Hanoi on September 16 to release Vietnam’s
2013 White Book on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), which has been
developed and published for the fifth time by the National Steering Committee on Information
Technology and the Ministry of Information and Communications.
In 2012, IT industries earned about US$25.5 billion, representing a year-on-year increase of 86.3
percent, while postal services’ turnover reached almost US$274 million, up 11.15 percent over
the 2011’s figure.
The number of pay-TV subscribers almost doubled, raising total turnover of the sector to over
In the period, 100 percent of State agencies developed their websites and portals. In addition,
ICT training was also maintained in both scale and form while there were 290 universities and
colleges providing IT and telecommunications training programmes.