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Viettel fined for pay television services

Viettel fined for pay television services

Inspectors also found that Viettel, which also has a cable service, provides unregistered channels in eight cities and provinces, including Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong and Dak Lak. — Photo xahoithongtin.com.vn

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — The Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information (ABEI) has imposed a fine of VND171 million (US$7,659) on Viettel Group due to its non-compliance with ABEI's rules, according to information published on ABEI.gov.vn.

The authority issued a fine of VND140 million ($6,271) on Viettel for supplying mobile pay-television services without the necessary license. The service was launched last year.

Inspectors also found that Viettel, which also has a cable service, provides unregistered channels in eight cities and provinces, including Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Can Tho, Khanh Hoa, Lam Dong and Dak Lak.

In addition, Viettel has yet to supply film programmes matching ABEI's license to provide pay-TV services, which incurred an additional fine of VND15 million ($671.9).

Established in 2009, Viettel has grown remarkably to become Viet Nam's leading mobile operator and has expanded to 10 countries abroad.— VNS

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