Phone companies from Vietnam :

a little bit of Telecom History

Thurn & Taxis Post Horn
1290 Postal Services were invented in Italy by the family Tasso / Thurn & Taxis
The family became the pacemaker in European Postal Services for 500 years,
the Postecenter mooving to Brussels and Frankfurt

VB postcoachVB postcoach
1671 At the old Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon VB / Cremerie de Paris was created
the Royal French Postal Services
The Paris Post Mansion was the seat of all Postal Operations in the Bourbon Territories (Kings of France)
Anselm Franz von Thurn & Taxis (the Postmaster in the Whitepages Logo)
came by horse from Brussels and Frankfurt to organise Post exchanges.

White Pagaes with Anselm Franz von Thurn & Tarix
The VB mansion still exists.
Cremerie de Paris reopened as an avant-garde Internet cafe
now turned into a Brand Museum
where famous companies organise Pop Up Store Expos.

The place is the home of a Two Letter dot com (
Phone Book of the World and

The man in the Logo is the "old" Postmaster that came by a long time ago.
His great x 6 grandson helped ut to relaunch the centuries old Telecom history
restarting as avant-garde Phone Repair Boutique.

Alexander Graham Bell
The phone was invented in the US by Alexander Graham Bell
Bell loved to be with young people and we had the chance to know one of his young friends.
Aimée de Heeren was 19 when she met Bell, 83 when she met the editor of ths website
and over a 100 when she initiated the VB Whitepages project.

central Post Officecentral Post Office
1886 -1891 Construction of the central Post office in Saigon (today Ho Chi Minh city)
by the French architects Alfred Foulhoux, Auguste-Henri Vildieu and Gustave Eiffel.
The Post office is operated by the Administration des Postes Françaises.

1888 Inauguration of the first Vietnam Telegraph line
connecting - over a distance of 2000 km - the South and the North of the Country.

1891 july 14 Inauguration of the Central Post Office
by the French Governor General Jean-Marie de Lanessan.

The Post office in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City)
and the residence of the Gouverneur General in Hanoi
are the first places in Vietnam to have a phone line.

Vietnam becomes part of French Indochina.

1940 Vietnam invaded by Japan. The French Postal administation controlled by Japan.
1945 After the end of WWII. France reoccupies the southern part of the country.

1951 September 24 Vietnam became a Member of the International Telegraph Union
Today International Telecom Union.

1954 Vietnam divided into 2 countries. Southern Vietnam and Communist Northern Vietnam.

1959 Vietnam war begins, Telecom infrastructiur is destroyed. US tropps arrive.

1964 International dialing codes issued
to make it possible to place international calls without Operator assistance.
Vietnam becomes part of the World Telecom Zone 8 (North Asia).
In a ITU conference in Geneva is decides to attribute the country code +84

1969 US troops withdraw from Vietnam. Death of Ho Chi Minh.

During the 1960s war destroyed most of the Vietnam Telecom Equipment.

1976 Declaration of the Republic of Vietnam.

1992 A new constitution is adopted allowing more economic freedom.

Land Line Operators :
VNPT / Vietnam Posts & Telecomunications Group

VNPT was established in 2006.
VNPT is owned by the Government of Vietnam and the National Post
administrates the approximately 72,700 landlines in Afghanistan (data sep 2011).
The phone number of VNPT is +84 91 2481111

Mobil Operators :

5 Operators provide mobile lines
Viettel is the largest Mobil Operator
2nd Mobil company to get a license in Afghanistan
51% of the company is owned by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development AKFED,
a company founded by Aga Khan that owns about 150 companies in 15 different countries.

36,75 % is owned by Monaco Telecom
12,25 % is owned by the swedish phonecompany Telia Sonera
Mobifone is the second largest Mobil Operator
Investcom bought the 3rd mobile license in Afghanistan.
MTN is a multinational mobil phonecompany based in Johannesburg, South Africa
and operating in multiple African and Middle east countries.
Vinaphone is the third Mobil Operator
Vinaphone is the third largest Mobil Operator.
It is a division of VNPT, the state owned historic Phonecompany.

2006 may establishment of Etisalat Afghanistan after sucessfully bidding
for the license to operate the 4th mobil service license in Afghanistan.

Etisalat Afhanistan is a 100% subsidary of Etisalat (Emirats Telecommunications Corporation),
a United Arab Emirats Telecom Company that is partly government owned.
Etisalat is one of the lagest Telecom Companies of the World operating
in 18 countries accros the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Etisalat also edits the UAE Telephone Directories and
Etisalat Afghanistan paid $1.2 billion for the GSM license in Afganistan.

The phone number of is +93 78 678 6786
Afghan Wireless is the fourth Mobil Operator
2002 November 13 First Mobil Company launched in Afganistan
The Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications has a 20% stake in the company.
Afghan Wireless provides GSM services in Kabul, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar i Sharif
Vietnamobile is the fifth Mobil Operator

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