LIMA -(Dow Jones)- Vietnam's Viettel Group has won the contract to become Peru's fourth mobile-phone operator.

Viettel plans to invest about $27 million in the new network, scheduled to begin operations during the first half of this year.

The tender was issued late Thursday by Peru's agency for private investment promotion, ProInversion.

The three mobile operators already in Peru are: Claro, owned by Mexico's America Movil SAB (AMX); Movistar, owned by Telefonica Moviles SAC, a unit of Spain's Telefonica SA (TEF) and Nextel del Peru SA, a unit of NII Holdings Inc. (NIHD).

Copyright © 2011 Dow Jones Newswires