Vietnam Posts & Telecommunications Group (VNPT)



The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group, (VNPT) is the telecommunications and satellite company that is owned by the Vietnamese Government, and the national post office of Vietnam. It is the second-largest company in Vietnam, just after the Vietnam Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development. It owns Vinaphone and MobiFone, two of the three largest mobile network operators in Vietnam. VNTP operates 2 satellites in orbit and is headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam.

VINASAT-1 was the first satellite communications system in Vietnam and was successfully launched in June 2008. The VINASAT-1 and TT&C was provided by US based Lockheed Martin and installed by Telesat (Canada).

Vietnam’s second telecom satellite, VINASAT-2, was launched on 16 May 2012. 



History


On April 29, 1995 the Prime Minister established the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT).

On August 24, 1996, Vietnam had over one million fixed phone subscribers and became one of the 60 countries in the world with a telephone network of more than one million subscribers and ranked second in the region in the growth rate of its telephone network.

On 19 November 1997, Vietnam was officially connected with the international Internet network and as of December 1997, VNPT officially provided Internet services to Vietnamese users. The Vietnam Data-Communications Company (VDC), a VNPT’s subsidiary, was the only Internet Access Provider (IAP) and one of the first Internet Service Providers (ISP) in Vietnam at that time.

In 2000, with VNPT’s efforts, Vietnam continued to be praised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as one of the ten nations that had the fastest telecommunications growth rate in the world.

In 2005, the Prime Minister assigned VNPT to perform the project on launching the first telecommunications satellite of Vietnam, VINASAT-1.

In April 2008 VNPT’s VINASAT-1 satellite was launched into orbit.

On 20th January 2010, VNPT received the Labor Hero Award from the State for the significant business achievements during 1999-2008 contributing to the national development.

In 2010 the built of VNPT’s VINASAT-2 satellite was approved by the Government Prime Minister. On 11th May 2010 Lockheed Martin Commercial Space System (USA) has signed the bidding package with VNPT.

In May 16th, 2012, Vietnam’s second telecom satellite, VINASAT-2, was successfully launched into orbit. The successful launching of VINASAT-2 is a significant event that marked a great move of Vietnam’s telecom industry.



References:

www.wikipedia.com
www.vntp.vn
www.vinasat.com.vn
www.satbeams.com
www.vntelecom.org
www.tracksat.com
www.terabitwave.com 




Satellites 

VINASAT-1

Orbital Position: 132°E 
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 18 April 2008
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the VINASAT-1 Satellite launch!

VINASAT-2

Orbital Position: 132°E 
Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Launch date: 15 May 2012
Launch Operator: Arianespace S.A.
Launch vehicle: Ariane 5ECA
Expected lifetime: 15 years

Youtube: Watch the VINASAT-2 Satellite launch!