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Vietnam telcoms propose floor rates for mobile services   2010-01-21 - VNA

Vietnam’s big telecommunications companies have asked the Ministry of Information and Communications to establish minimum mobile phone service fees in fear of unhealthy competition this year.


In the proposal, the state-owned Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications together with the military-run Viettel, have recommended that the ministry apply floor charges of some VND800 per minute.

The companies also said the ministry should not allow sales promotions offering customers more than 50 percent off the credit they purchase.

Viettel deputy general director Nguyen Manh Hung said it was very likely that a fees “war” would break out among mobile phone service suppliers this year, implying unhealthy competition.

This could sink new companies and prevent major ones from expanding their business to disadvantaged areas and overseas, according to Hung.

Most foreign investors, meanwhile, said the “war” would take place sooner or later without the government’s interference.

Minister Le Doan Hop said the ministry would consider the proposal.

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