Viettel reaching out over Africa

VietnamVietnam Net — Viettel’s mobile signal and optical cables are gradually covering more parts of Africa, with three networks already in place: Nexttel in Cameroon, Lumitel in Burundi, and Halotel in Tanzania. Its foreign investment in the continent is thriving. Only a short period after obtaining license it has quickly developed its infrastructure in the three markets.

MOET’s website collapses because of DDoS problem

VietnamVietnam Net — The trouble occurred at 2.30 pm on July 22, the time when MOET (Ministry of Education and Training) began making public the national high school finals’ results.  The ministry’s website was accessible but no action could be taken because of millions of people were trying to access the site.  The ministry’s website was designed for 60,000 simultaneous visitors only. MOET later tried to fix the problem by sharing the database with some universities to balance the load.

Vietnam attractive for smartphone production

VietnamVietnam Net — There are more investors expanding their business in Vietnam to utilize support policies from the government and the country’s large, low cost workforce, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, an online Japanese newspaper. It noted that Microsoft has moved its manufacturing lines from two factories it closed down in China to its factory in the north of Vietnam.

Mobile commerce grows fast in Vietnam

VietnamVietnam Net — MasterCard announced the results based on interviews done between October and December 2014 with a minimum of 500 respondents aged 18-64 in each of the 14 surveyed markets. They included Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, India and Philippines.

Microsoft joins hand with Vietnam to promote e-Government development

VietnamVietnam Net — Support rapid, comprehensive deployment of e-Government, e-Health and smart transportation, Microsoft’s CityNext is considered the most optimal solution for cities’ resources and IT resources. With the major theme “E-Government, E-Heath and Smart Transportation”, the conference took place at Ho Chi Minh City’s New World Hotel.

Da Nang to revoke “Silicon Valley” project

Vietnam“The project developer, Rocky Lai & Associates Inc., from the US, has not followed the construction schedule because of many difficulties, including financial difficulties,” Mr. Tran Van Son, Director of the Da Nang Department of Planning and Investment, told VET. The city government had spent VND100 billion ($4.5 million) on conducting site clearance to allocate “clean land” to the investor.–silicon-valley–project.html

Vietnamese telecoms firm looks to make Myanmar a ‘second homeland’ after receiving first licence

MyanmarThe 15-year licence, signed by the Posts and Telecommunications Department under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, permits FPT’s fully-owned local subsidiary FPT Myanmar to build a nationwide network infrastructure and offer fixed telecom and internet service as well as value-added services, the company said.

Vietnam’s mobile game market experiencing rapid growth

VietnamVietnam Net — The event last week attracted representatives from leading Asian game companies and publishers. Vietnamese mobile game publishers VNG, Gamota and VTC were among the top 10 mobile game publishers in Southeast Asia in term of revenue, according to App Annie, the standard in app analytics and app market data.

Why are 3G service fees in Vietnam cheap?

VietnamVietnam Net — Reports by international institutions all show that the 3G service fee in Vietnam is equal to 44.3-46.1 percent of the average level in the world, and 44.6 – 47.8 percent of developing countries. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that the 3G service fee in Vietnam is the cheapest in the world. It also said Vietnam is one of the fastest growing markets of Facebook.

Telecom revenue up 8.4% in H1, from VN

VietnamVietnam Net — Figures of the GSO under the Ministry of Planning and Investment showed the local telecom sector had seen steady growth in revenue since 2014. Last year, telecom sales rose by 1.5 times year-on-year to some VND305 trillion after a strong drop in the previous year, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications.–in-h1.html

FPT Group gets licence in Myanmar

MyanmarVietnam Net — “We are happy to be the first wholly owned company in the telecommunications industry to be granted a license to operate in Myanmar,” said a FPT Group representative in making the announcement. The representative added that with the license, FPT expects to concentrate on providing high quality internet services in Myanmar in addition to a wide range of other innovative telecom services.

Vietnam has 29 million 3G subscribers

VietnamVietnam Net — In the first half of the year, about 1.6 million mobile phone users registered to use the 3G service, which is said to be still in the development stage in the country as the number of 3G subscribers is just a fraction of the total number of mobile phone users.

Cable televisions fear telecom giants

VietnamVietnam Net — Small cable television channels fear they will be eliminated in the fierce competition between TV and telecom enterprises. Modern technologies allow telcos and televisions to provide services on the same transmission line. Instead of specific transmission lines for every kind of service, customers can use many different services, including HD TV for more than one television set and internet and voice calls.

Foxconn slows down investment in Vietnam

VietnamDigi Times — The Foxconn Group apparently has slowed down its investment in Vietnam as the group has continued to build up production lines in India and Indonesia in order to roll out products for emerging markets, according to industry sources.  The Vietnam government has recently canceled a license it granted to Foxconn in 2008 to build a US$200 million plant for the production of handsets, PC systems and other electronics as the Taiwan-based EMS giant has so far failed to carry out the planned investment project.

Vietnamese smartphone market still fastest-growing in SE Asia

VietnamVietnam Net — In August 2014, Wiko, a French smartphone brand officially joined the Vietnamese market with products priced under VND6 million. Alcatel, which visited Vietnam a year before, has focused on mid-tier products. Huawei, a Chinese brand, had an impressive product launch earlier this year.  However, the largest smartphone distribution networks such as The Gioi Di Dong, Vien Thong A and FPT Shop all reported that purchasing power was weak.

VN needs privacy policies to control online social networks

VietnamVietnam Net — Information safety on social networks is an issue in urgent need of attention from the Ministry of Information and Communications and other government agencies. We need to have social media policies that reflect and execute Viet Nam’s laws. When it comes to information safety on social networks, the responsibility of guarding and monitoring public information lies with both network users and management agencies.

PM kicks off Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park infrastructure development project

VietnamVietnam Net — The project, which was approved by the Government in 2010, is funded through 400 million USD from Japan ’s official development assistance (ODA) and the balance from the Vietnamese Government. In March 2012, the Ministry of Finance and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement worth over 15.2 billion JPY (123.2 million USD) for the project.

Will Vietnam block Facebook?

VietnamVietnam Net — A report released days ago by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup Institute showed that Vietnamese youth do not watch TV for information but instead get updated information through online channels. Facebook is one of the three most popular sources of information. Facebook’s business report shows there are 20 million people using Facebook in Vietnam each day and 30 million a month.

Microsoft acts against copyright infringement in Vietnam

VietnamVietnam Net — Ministry of Cultures, Sports and Tourism inspectors and police found In September 2013 that 41 computers at the company were illegally using software of Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk and Lac Viet. Trimmers Vietnam admitted wrongdoing and promised to stop using the pirated products. It also committed to compensation and damage management. The company has done nothing about the problem.

Summit probes IT growth areas, from VN

VietnamVietnam Net — The two-day summit attracted the participation of more than 500 representatives, with two-thirds of them coming from organisations and firms that have applied IT in their operations. This proves that IT has been receiving growing attention from all sections. Participants at this year’s summit, themed “ITC and Smart Management,” discussed how to apply IT in all aspects of life, especially in the Government’s areas of concern such as health care, transportation, and other public services.