The development of 5G is moving swiftly and the race to the finish line for 6G has commenced. Recently, China sent a satellite into space to test 6G signals. In response, Google and Apple joined a 6G group for North Americans. With such advanced development in the industry, the likes of 2G and 3G are almost obsolete. According to a recent report, the Telecommunications Bureau of the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam issued an announcement stating that it plans to stop the production and import of mobile devices with only 2G and 3G functions.
The department believes that such a ban will promote the use of 4G and 5G by the public. The ultimate target is to promote the digital transformation of Vietnam. According to the country’s top executives, this transformation will be complete by 2025. As for the latest policy to ban 2G/3G phones, it will take effect in July 2021.
In addition, the Telecommunications Bureau of the Ministry of Information and Communications of Vietnam also promotes the production of low-cost smartphones by local companies. Viettel, a major telecommunications company operated by the military, has cooperated with VinSmart, a mobile phone manufacturer under the Vingroup Group, to help users successfully switch from feature phones to new mobile phones in 9 local areas.
In July this year, VinSmart, a subsidiary of Vingroup in Vietnam, also announced that it had cooperated with Qualcomm to produce Vietnam’s first 5G smartphone, Vsmart Aris 5G. This phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and a quantum security chip. It uses a Super-AMOLED 6.39-inch screen as well as 8GB of RAM. This smartphone also uses a built-in 4000 mAh battery.
Vietnam – a new solace for phone manufacturers
As the labour cost in places like China and South Korea rises, many mobile phone manufacturers are now taking solace in Vietnam. The likes of LG, Apple, and Samsung all have some sort of business in Vietnam. In fact, Samsung has been shifting its production to Vietnam for a very long time. Over the past decade, Samsung has shifted most of its smartphone production to Vietnam. Currently, more than 50% of Samsung’s mobile phones are produced in Vietnam. At the outbreak of the coronavirus back in March, temporarily closed its smartphone factory in Gumi, South Korea. The Gumi plant accounts for only a small part of Samsung’s total production – just the latest flagships.