Price increase sought for 3G service

Thursday, Oct 03, 2013 14:16

Mobile users will pay more for 3G internet connection service if the Ministry of Information and Communications approved a plan of increasing the fee. Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Mobile network providers are awaiting a decision from the Ministry of Information and Communications on when to raise fees for their 3G internet connection service.

At an online conference yesterday, Viettel and MobiFone representatives said they had sought permission from the ministry and were awaiting its decision.

VinaPhone deputy director Ho Duc Thang said the capacity offered to 3G users had doubled every year.

Thang said that the increase of 3G fee did not relate to over-the-top [OTT, which offers free phone calls and text messages such as Viber and Kakao Talk] services.

According to the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), telecom groups must not provide service fees lower than cost.

MobiFone representative said that prices for the service were not lower than cost because providers needed money to improve the network. — VNS

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