Vietnam's phone subscriptions slightly drop this year

Source: Xinhua| 2017-12-28 13:51:11|Editor: Zhou Xin
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HANOI, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- By the end of 2017, Vietnam had 127.4 million fixed and mobile phone subscribers, down 2.1 percent against late 2016, the country's the Vietnam Telecommunications Authority said on Thursday.

Specifically, the number of mobile phone subscribers declined 1.3 percent to 119.7 million, mainly because the Ministry of Information and Communications tightened management over prepaid mobile phone subscriptions.

According to Vietnam's new regulation, new postpaid and prepaid mobile phone subscribers are supposed to provide their personal information and a portrait photo of themselves, while existing ones to add the photo.

After April 24, 2018, if existing subscribers still do not supply telecommunications firms with photos and accurate personal information, the subscribers' contracts will be terminated, and the service providers will be fined.

Millions of spam messages are sent a day, mostly from prepaid mobile phone subscriptions which are not registered, or registered with false personal information, so the new regulation is aimed at reverse the situation, as well as to prevent swindling, said local officials.

This year, the number of wired broadband internet subscriptions in Vietnam surged 18.7 percent to 10.8 million.

Meanwhile, the country made telecommunications revenues of 380 trillion Vietnamese dong (16.8 billion U.S. dollars), up 7.3 percent over last year, said the authority under the ministry.

Vietnam currently has a population of 93.7 million people, including 32.9 million urban dwellers, according to its General Statistics Office.