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|Products||Mobile networks, Telecom services|
|Revenue||140 trillion VND ($7bn)|
|Net income||27 trillion VND ($1.3bn)|
|Parent||Ministry of Defense (Vietnam)|
Viettel Group (full name in Vietnamese: Tập đoàn Viễn thông Quân đội) is Vietnam's largest mobile network operator. It is a state-owned enterprise wholly owned and operated by the Ministry of Defence.
Viettel pays its 25,000 employees an average salary of 18 million VND per month, a total of 5.4 trillion VND per year.
It was set up in 2004 as a GSM launcher, as the fourth network in Vietnam (after Mobifone, Vinaphone and S-Fone). In 2013, they ventured into making military-grade equipment for the People's Army of Vietnam, starting with radio equipment in order to replace antiquated communications equipment provided by China and the Soviet Union before and after the Vietnam War.
Viettel introduced 3G services in early 2010 (after Vinaphone and MobiFone), including video call, mobile broadband 3G, TV mobile, video-on-demand, online music.
Viettel has ambitious plans to enter the hardware market. It wants to develop and sell mobile phones including smart phones and TVs. It started producing mobile phones in late 2012, while discontinuing a cooperation with China's Huawei, which had previously produced Viettel phones.
Subsidiaries and joint-ventures
Vietnam Military Telecommunications Group (Tập đoàn Viễn thông Quân đội), the parent of the Viettel brand, also owns a number of other companies.
- Vietnam Distribution (also Viettel Import and Export Co.) is an electronics retail company. It is one of the official distributors of Hewlett Packard and Fujitsu in Vietnam. HP is supporting Viettel in developing a retail and after-sale services network.
- Viettel New Service Development
- Viettel Post
- Viettel Investment and Real Estate
- Viettel International Investment
- Viettel Football Training Center
Viettel has successfully developed telecommunication services in Laos, Cambodia, Haiti, Mozambique and Peru. It made a profit from its foreign operations for the first time in 2012, mainly based on profits from Cambodia and Laos.
Viettel started its operations as the fourth MNO in Peru in February 2013.
Viettel had a market share (estimated based on revenues) of 40.67% in 2012. Its main competitors are Vinaphone with 30% market share, MobiFone with 17.9%, both owned by VNPT. They control almost 90% of the market, with the rest controlled by Vietnamobile with 8%, Gmobile (formerly Beeline) with 3.2% and S-Fone with 0.1%. Viettel reported having 58.9 million customers, while Vinaphone and MobiFone estimated to have 70 million and Gmobile and Vietnamobile 10 million.
Viettel is the only provider in some remote parts of Vietnam, such as Meo Vac.
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