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Vietnam Has Cheapest Mobile Internet in Southeast Asia

Vietnam has one of the highest proportions of broadband Internet subscribers in the world, with rates that are among the cheapest mobile internet in the world.

According to the Ministry of Information and Communications‘ Department of Telecommunications, Vietnam had more than 18.8 million fixed broadband Internet subscribers as of October 2021. Vietnam had 71 million mobile broadband subscribers at the same time, with 89.81 percent being prepaid and 10.19 percent being postpaid.

According to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) data, Vietnam’s fixed Internet unit price/per capita income is low, at around 41% of the global average. In addition, Vietnam’s mobile Internet unit price/per capita income is one-third that of the rest of the world.

Vietnam was ranked 10th out of 155 countries in terms of the average mobile Internet access fee for 1GB of data, at US$0.57 per GB. Vietnam, like other countries with low fixed broadband rates, has some of the world’s cheapest mobile Internet access rates. Vietnam ranked 59th out of 138 countries in terms of download/upload speeds with 78.34/69.41 Mbps on average.

Vietnam Has Cheapest Mobile Internet in Southeast Asia

Cheapest mobile internet in Southeast Asia

When compared to the rest of the world, this is a respectable ranking of 113/62 Mbps. In the last 12 months, Vietnam’s fixed broadband Internet speed has increased by 50%, from 42.07 Mbps to 64.67 Mbps. Vietnam is ranked higher in Southeast Asia than the Philippines (67th) and Malaysia (77th), but lower than Thailand (36th) and Singapore (18th).

Last year, 4G subscribers made up 89.42% of total subscribers, while 3G subscribers made up 10.05% and 5G subscribers made up 0.54 percent. In order to meet users’ growing demands, the country’s Internet infrastructure is expected to receive significant investment in 2022. The government also intends to focus on improving bandwidth and modem device capacity, as well as expanding domestic and international bandwidth and amending Internet standards.

The country’s telecommunications companies have stepped up their efforts to develop broadband infrastructure. Vietnam has announced that it will focus on 6G this year, the sixth-generation wireless communications standard currently in development. In February, the government established a steering committee on 6G technology, as OpenGov Asia previously reported. It is in charge of developing strategies, mechanisms, and policies to support 6G research and development in the country.

From international organizations around the world, the committee will monitor production, 6G equipment and service standards, and commercialization. It will bring together domestic and international telecommunications market research and forecasting trends. A roadmap for studying, manufacturing, and commercializing 6G equipment, as well as a roadmap for testing and commercializing 6G services, will also be developed by the committee. It will devise technology-assisted solutions for Vietnamese businesses.

According to experts, the country will be transformed by 6G networks. While 5G networks can reach speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second, 6G networks can reach speeds of up to terabits per second. The United States, South Korea, China, Japan, and Finland are among the countries that have already jumped into the race to develop 6G networks.

Vietnam Has Cheapest Mobile Internet in Southeast Asia

5 countries with most expensive mobile internet in the world

Equatorial Guinea (49.67), Falkland Islands (44.56), Saint Helena (39.87), So Tomé and Prncipe (30.97), and Malawi are the five most expensive countries in terms of the average cost of 1GB of mobile data (25.46).

The parallels between these five countries are striking and obvious. Four of the five countries are in Sub-Saharan Africa, and four are island nations. In general, Sub-Saharan Africa is the most expensive region in the world for mobile data, and island countries are also among the most expensive.

5 countries with cheapest mobile internet in the world

Israel (0.05), Kyrgyzstan (0.15), Fiji (0.19), Italy (0.27), and Sudan are the five cheapest countries in terms of the average cost of 1GB of mobile data (0.27).

Only one of these countries is an island, and only one is in Sub-Saharan Africa, in contrast to the most expensive. Furthermore, all of them either have excellent fiber broadband infrastructure or, in the case of Kyrgyzstan, Fiji, and Sudan, rely heavily on mobile data to keep their populations connected to the rest of the world.

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