2G and 3G devices will disappear from Vietnam from next year
2G and 3G mobile devices may disappear from Vietnam by July 2021, following the latest draft decree targeting mobile data terminals equipped with 4G and 5G technologies.
|2G and 3G devices will be soon out of date in Vietnam.|
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) is building a decree outlining national standards for mobile data terminals. Of this, all mobile devices circulated in the local market will have to be integrated with 4G and 5G technologies.
In other words, 2G and 3G devices will no longer be in commercial circulation in Vietnam, nor will mobile companies be allowed to manufacture or import such devices. The draft decree is forecast to be published in this December to take effect from July 2021.
According to the Authority of Telecommunications at MIC, the new policies aim to provide a boost for the application and development of 4.0 technologies such as AI, big data, the Internet of Things, and blockchain which rely heavily on connectivity and fast network speeds like 5G. Therefore, 4G and 5G devices have to be popularised, in line with the National Digital Transformation Programme to 2025.
Additionally, the MIC is encouraging local people to shift to Vietnam-based low-cost smartphones. Over the years, the authority has organised many programmes to establish partnerships between mobile operators and mobile producers to migrate 2G users to 4G devices.
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