Online games firms lose ground to Chinese, foreign companies

Niko Partners forecasts that the revenue of the games industry in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, could reach $1.7 billion by 2017. The Vietnamese industry, despite being only 10 years old, is promising, with a high growth rate of 50-100 percent per annum and approximately 20 million gamers. However, PC and console games are not dominated by domestic games developers, including major companies like VNG, which is valued at $1 billion, and VTC and FPT, the largest information technology group in the country. An analyst estimated that 90 percent of the PC games available in the market are sourced from China.–foreign-companies.html

iCloud on iOS 8 unlocked in Vietnam

A “techman” in Hanoi said that before the official launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple had patched vulnerabilities and upgraded the security level of iCloud, which contains a feature that allows users to locate and find their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac in case they are lost or stolen. This made it more difficult for them to unlock Apple’s products. However, in mid-October, the techmen announced that iCloud on iOS 8 had been successfully unlocked, one month after iOS 8 was launched in the market on September 17.

Authorities found copyright infringement in reputable enterprises, from VN

Among the violators were Ho Chi Minh City-based Anh Duong Company Limited, known for famous Vinasun taxi trademark; Bien Hoa Sugar Company, based in Dong Nai Province’s Bien Hoa 1 Industrial Zone; and Saigon-My Xuan Paper Corporation, based in My Xuan A Industrial Zone in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. At the headquarters of those enterprises, the authorities discovered a big quantity of Microsoft software which had been used without authorisation, besides to diverse other software copies like AutoCAD, Adobe and more.

ASOCIO ICT Summit to focus on agriculture restructuring

The event, the biggest of its kind in Asia-Pacific, will offer a good chance to Vietnam to learn from international experience in creating new agricultural and rural development models, thus bringing about a socio-economic facelift, said Truong Gia Binh, Chairman of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA). More than 700 delegates from 22 economies in the region are expected to participate in the event to discuss visions and strategies to use IT as a pedal for socio-economic development, towards the building of a dynamic, creative and civilised Asia-Pacific community.

Facebook’s new sticker feature unpopular with Vietnamese netizens

Stickers had previously been available within Facebook’s Messages and Messenger app, but not outside messages. But now, they can be used in Comments as well. “The new feature will not bring anything good, and it will create more spam,” Hoang Anh said, an office worker who reportedly spends 2.5 hours in the evening on Facebook. “It seems that Facebook is trying to create a new communication style, the Doraemon-like style, childish and odd with spam messages,” she said.

South Korea to transfer 167 technologies to Vietnam

The Ministry of Industry and Trade has published a list of 167 technologies that will be transferred:  mechanical engineering (53), textiles – footwear (51), automobiles (35) and electrical – electronics (28). This program is part of the support-industry cooperation between the Ministry and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of South Korea. South Korea is one of the most important trading investment partners of Vietnam.

Delay sought in ‘change provider save digits’ policy

In September last year, the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) approved the policy for implementation beginning January 1, 2017, after delaying it for more than two years. The MIC previously planned to implement the policy in mid-2014 but later changed its mind, saying it would need more time to prepare comprehensive policies to allow the new method to run smoothly. But Vietnamobile and Gtel said they were still not competent enough to implement the policy as scheduled because they have been undergoing a business restructuring process and needed more time to mature.–change-provider-save-digits–policy.html

Vietnam sees 3G-service boom

Nguyen Dang Nguyen, deputy general director of MobiFone, one of the three largest mobile networks in Vietnam, said the network had seen a 50 percent increase in  3G traffic since the end of 2013, and the number of 3G subscribers had increased rapidly. Ngo Manh Hung, deputy general director of Viettel Telecom, said the number of subscribers using data services had reached 9 million by the end of July.

Vietnam plans to implement mobile number transfer policy in 2017

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang said the policy would help Vietnamese mobile carriers use their pools of mobile phone numbers in a more efficient way. It would also force them to continually improve their services and reduce costs while benefiting subscribers who will no longer have to rely on a carrier to use a specific number, added Thang.

Foreign firms eye buying into MobiFone

Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son has urged MobiFone to complete a new equitization scheme for the ministry to consider and submit it to the Government for approval late this year so that the firm can go public next year. The Government passed an equitization plan for MobiFone in 2006 and many foreign telecom firms have since come to open their representative offices and business arms in Vietnam in preparation for becoming strategic shareholders of MobiFone.

Mobile subscribers annoyed by networks’ do-nothing attitude about spam, from VN

“There are so many spam messages nowadays. I won’t believe those who say they don’t receive spam messages every day,” said TQ, a customer of VinaPhone. The latest monthly survey conducted by BKAV, the leading cyber-security firm in Vietnam, showed that the number of spam messages is on the rise. Every subscriber receives one spam message every three days on average, while big sufferers get two spam messages a day. While spam messages make subscribers upset, they make mobile network operators happy, because they can pocket big money from the messaging.–do-nothing-attitude-about-spam.html

Government agencies warn about increased cyberattacks

The Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT), in its report about information security in the first half of the year, said that it found 405 phishing cases from December 30, 2013 to June 10, 2014, of which 250 cases were settled.   It also found 648 deface attacks, including 72 cases targeting national organizations’ and agencies’ websites. Of these, VNCERT fixed 34 cases related to the websites with domain name “” and 281 cases related to other domain names.

Foreign telecom giants gear up for MobiFone IPO, from VN

Arne Kjetil Lian, SVP Group Strategy & Portfolio Development at Norway’s Telenor, told leaders at the Ministry of Information and Communication (MoIC) that his company wanted to take a controlling stake and join in the governance of Mobifone to introduce their own services in the Vietnamese market. M.A. Zaman, president and CEO of Comvik International Vietnam AB, also expressed to the ministry his firm’s hope to invest in MobiFone. Zaman said Comvik had supported Mobifone between 1990 and 2005 and was better positioned than other candidates to engage in successful co-operation with the local telecom.

Internet in Vietnam revived

The cable operator said the weld started at 11.15pm on October 1 and finished at 7.45am on October 2. International channels have been restored 100 percent. On September 15, the AAG cable broke at a site 64 km from Hong Kong. This incident affected Internet services in Vietnam, especially connections to other countries. On September 30, the second break was reported, 68 km from the Hong Kong mainland station.

Internet repair to be longer than expected as new cable break found, from VN

AAG said welding of the first breaking point, 64km from the landing station in Hong Kong, will be finalized at 10am on September 28 and completed the next day. At the second break recently discovered, the first welding is expected to be completed at 8pm on October 1. By 7am on October 10, the break will be repaired and the transmission line will be restored. By 10 am on October 3, the cable will be buried and repairs completed by noon on October 5, two days later than previously scheduled.

Vietnam’s Hanel DTT plans Myanmar e-gov’t platform

The ceremony for the signing of the agreement was held at a Viet Nam-Myanmar business matching session in Yangon, Myanmar, on Wednesday. The two sides have agreed to share their resources to implement e-government projects in Southeast Asia, and work in government-to-government (G2G) systems on the projects. They will also exchange information, experience, technology and experts to build OEP communities in order to expand OEP functions and carry out projects of the two countries.

MIC tells MO to pocket 70% of information content service revenue at maximum

Mobile operators, which have an infrastructure base and technical solutions, and CSPs, which produce information content, had not been able to agree on the profit-share ratio. They believed that without their infrastructure systems, the content services would never be able to reach to customers. The majority of the customers are the mobile networks’ users. However, CSPs believe that content is the “spirit” of the service, and they deserve to enjoy higher profits. But the mobile operators had only accepted to give 30 percent of revenue to CSPs, a ratio which CSPs said was too low and unfair for them.–of-information-content-service-revenue-at-maximum.html

Over 1,000 VN websites hacked within two-week period

Of the 1,039 hacked websites, there were 69 websites run by education organizations with the domain name “” and 30 government organizations’ websites with the domain name “”. “The figure that 30 government organizations’ websites were hijacked just within a short period of two weeks shows the alarming situation,” commented Tran Quang Chien from Security Daily. Security Daily figures have been published in internet security forums and hackers’ forums, and been added to warnings from the community and findings from Zone-h, zone-hc, hack-cn systems.

Internet in VN to resume normal operations early next week

FPT Telecom Joint Stock Company said repairs on the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable network will be finished on September 30, four days ahead of schedule. Hong Kong authorities licensed the welding cable ship to enter its territorial waters earlier than expected. The initial plan had called for repairs to start on September 29 and end on October 4. On September 15, the AAG cable broke at a site 64 km from Hong Kong. This incident affected Internet services in Vietnam, especially communications and exchange of information from Vietnam to other countries.

Technology groups question Ministry’s hardware development strategy

The draft information technology (IT) development strategy by 2020 compiled by the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) says Vietnam would develop Vietnamese hardware and & electronic products to replace imports. Analysts commented that MIC’s plans are a bit impractical, saying that there is no way for Vietnamese hardware and electronics manufacturers to develop. They said Vietnam should not waste time on developing Vietnamese brand computers and smartphones because the products with Vietnamese brands would not sell.