Last week, the company made a video demo and said it had used 5G network software, and hardware is developed in-house. The company revealed that it intends to commercialize the technology later in the year.
However, researchers are not buying the company’s claims, saying that those who own 5G patents would not easily give in to new entrants in the industry.
And more specifically, the researchers revealed that new entrants in the industry would face a massive problem because of the high cost of research.
According to the researchers, it will be tough for a new company to enter into the 5G technology mainstream and start dominating.
Vietnam’s military manages Viettel. The company said it has had its engineers develop the radio-based station for the 5G technology within six months. According to the firm, during that period, the groups of engineers were able to master the technology.
Viettel claims to become the first to develop a sole 5G network
Presently, there are only five network carriers and companies that have had success in producing network devices for 5G Technology, which includes ZTE, Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, as well as Ericsson, Viettel said.
It further stated that Viettel would make it the number six on the list. However, it would become the only network with the capacity to develop its solely operated network equipment for 5G technology.
It further revealed that there are plans by the company to set up military and civil services in the country starting from June this year.
Vietnamese Minister of science and technology, Chu Ngoc Anh, said that the military and civil service is an excellent opportunity for the country to establish an R&D environment the country can develop further.
Viettel initially announced the company’s project on 5G technology last year, August. As of then, the company said it was including some components from European vendors Nokia and Ericsson. This was a shift in the normalcy for southeast Asian countries to make use of Huawei’s components.
But he also pointed out that the company might reconsider their decision and fall back to Huawei if it received positive reports about the safety of the product in the future.
Experts say Viettel is not prepared for 5G technology yet
An industry analyst at Forrester Research, Dan Bieler, said Viettel is not, however, ready to give the established 5G companies a run for their money yet.
According to the analyst, the other players have spent billions of dollars to develop their 5G portfolios. Even with the billions spent, the development didn’t happen overnight.
It’s slightly unfeasible for any company to think that it could just come into the industry and compete favorably with the established companies within a short time, Dan Bieler said.
He further said he is still skeptical about Viettel’s claims because the 5G project requires huge expenses in research and development on 5G technology, not minding the manufacture of their own components.
According to him, it won’t be a big issue if the company is using components from other companies to develop its 5G technology. But doing so with their manufactured products is enormous. For these reasons, Viettel cannot claim it is in the same league as Huawei, Ericsson, and Nokia.
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