Vietnam WiMAX Alliance

The Vietnam WiMAX Alliance, a USAID partnership with Intel Corporation and the Vietnam Data Communication Company, aimed to bring WiMAX (broadband networking) technology to an area with limited telecommunications in mountainous, rural northern Vietnam.

Vietnam WiMAX Alliance

The alliance, which came about as part of USAID’s Last Mile Initiative, installed WiMAX technology throughout Lao Cai township, enabling residents’ access to cost-efficient broadband internet and VoIP telephone services, while improving the business environment, educational opportunities, and the availability of medical services. In just six months, the alliance brought Internet connectivity to a town with a population of 30,000 and a province of 500,000 people. Intel provided overall project facilitation and technical leadership, funding support for WiMAX equipment procurement and installation, as well as WiMAX training. Intel also designed the complete wireless network and developed documentation of lessons learned and best practices for wider scalability. USAID provided project coordination, monitoring, facilitation and evaluation, resources for end-user hardware and software, support resources for network integration, technical and organizational support for user applications, and services and business/service models. Vietnam Data Communications arranged for the trial license and spectrum allocation, supplied transceiver station sites and backbone connectivity, operated and maintained the WiMAX network, provided end-to-end broadband telephony, and analyzed network services-related data. The success of the partnership’s work in Lao Cai led to the expansion to nearby Ta Van in early 2007. This second phase of the partnership was implemented by IPSTAR. The Ta Van project, from conception to deployment, took only six months, and reinforced the adaptability and scalability of the partnership’s solution.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Intel Corporation

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip...

  • Vietnam Data Communication Company (VDC)

    Viet Nam | Staff size: 26-50

    Viet Nam Data Communication Company provides data transmission and Internet access services in Vietnam. Founded in 1989, VDC is a unit that directly under Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications...


    Service Providers
    Staff size: 10,000+

    IPStar is a wholely owned subsidary of Thaicom that provides satellite services to the Asia Pacific Region. At the time of launch in 2005, it was the biggest broadband satellite in the world. In...

Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Viet Nam
  • Start Date 2006
  • End Date 2008
  • Sectors