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Vietnam carrier tests budget 5G in 4 SE Asia countries

Viettel yet to say whether it will use Huawei gear in foreign markets

Viettel prepares to launch commercial 5G service in Ho Chi Minh City. It will begin a trial service in Laos soon, with an eye on offering full service in four Southeast Asian nations that have been slow to adopt 5G. (Photo courtesy of Viettel)

HANOI -- Viettel Group, Vietnam's largest mobile carrier, will launch a trial service of 5G networks in Laos by year-end, expanding the list of Southeast countries where it seeks to commercialize the service to four. 

The military-run telecom company has been testing the next-generation technology in Myanmar and Cambodia through local arms since summer, and in its home market since last month, seeking to offer affordable service.

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