Vung Tau – Hong Kong Internet connection resumed

The Asia America Gateway has announced to complete the repair of the Vung Tau – Hong Kong Internet cable at 12pm on Sunday, July 27. Internet connection from Vietnam to the world via the AAG cable, therefore, was fully restored from 12.15pm the same day, after 12 days of interruption and three days earlier than expected. The repair started on July 26 and it was scheduled to complete on July 30. The submerged cable was broken on July 15 off Vung Tau’s coast, causing widespread disruption in supplying telecommunications services throughout the region, including Vietnam.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/108459/vung-tau—hong-kong-internet-connection-resumed.html

Internet connection expected to remain slow until end of July

VietNamNet Bridge – A special vessel has entered Vietnam’s territorial waters to fix the broken AAG cable segment from July 26 to July 30, according to the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) sea cable management centre. The repair will be carried out from 3am on July 26 to July 30 in order to resume normal operations of the Vung Tau-Hong Kong internet cable. Vietnamese internet service customers began experiencing disruptions and slower speeds on the evening of July 15 caused by a severed submerged internet cable just off Vung Tau’s coast.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/108065/internet-connection-expected-to-remain-slow-until-end-of-july.html

Vietnam rises in tech rankings

The country was ranked 4th in Southeast Asia and 12th among 27 countries in the Asia Pacific region, said the ministry at the E-Government Symposium 2014 held in the central city of Da Nang on Thursday. Meanwhile, the country’s e-government index climbed three positions to 34, thanks to the government’s effort to push the development of the ICT sector in Viet Nam. At present, all 22 ministries and 63 local governments in Viet Nam have official information portals.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107925/vietnam-rises-in-tech-rankings.html

Illegal spyware tracks smartphone users

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ha Noi Department of Information and Communication s has recently caught a private IT company spying on 14,140 mobile phone subscribers using the Ptracker software. Initial police investigations showed that the Viet Hong Company’s malicious software used on digital devices to collect personal information was being used by wives and husbands to keep track of their partners. A lawyer, an IT expert, a psychologist and members of the public talked about the issue.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107573/illegal-spyware-tracks-smartphone-users.html

Vietnam’s first bitcoin trading floor launched

VBTC was jointly founded by VBTC Vietnam Co. Ltd. and Israeli firm Bit2C. Earlier, VBTC was expected to start operations in April. Nguyen Tran Bao Phuong, executive officer of VBTC Vietnam Co. Ltd., said the website was running on a trial version in June before coming online on July 9, allowing unlimited bitcoin trading in Vietnam. Phuong said Vietnam is a promising land for bitcoin development. The company pledges to strictly follow all the rules on the use of the bitcoin in Vietnam.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107738/vietnam-s-first-bitcoin-trading-floor-launched.html

Damaged undersea internet cable disrupts service

Vietnamese internet service customers began experiencing disruptions and slower speeds on the evening of July 15 caused by a severed submerged internet cable just off Vung Tau’s coast. VHost Company on July 15 quoted the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) sea cable management centre as saying that the incident has caused widespread disruption in supplying telecommunications services throughout the region, including Vietnam.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107569/damaged-undersea-internet-cable-disrupts-service.html

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.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/107130/technology-groups-question-ministry-s-hardware-development-strategy.html

Opportunities, challenges for Vietnam’s software industry

Vietnam has reaped many successes in developing the software industry, but to expand the market of software products, it must pay more attention to human resources and product development, and appropriate support policies must also be put in place to support software businesses, a local paper said. Failing to compete with large groups of the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Germany such as Fujitsu, Hitachi and Samsung, which are governing the development of the global hardware industry, Vietnamese businesses have chosen to concentrate on software development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Vietnam Economic News reported.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/101211/opportunities–challenges-for-vietnam-s-software-industry.html

Viet Nam has second slowest Internet connection in Asia

According to the latest ‘State of the Internet’ quarterly report by content delivery network, Akamai, Viet Nam continues to lag behind in broadband adoption. It has the second slowest Internet speed in Asia and globally ranks 117th, behind Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. The Akamai report states that the average Internet connection speed in Viet Nam is 2 Mbps while the global average Internet speeds have reached 3.9Mbps, and the highest average peak connection speed was 21.2Mbps.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/106573/viet-nam-has-second-slowest-internet-connection-in-asia.html

State Duma ratifies space exploration deal with Vietnam

VietNamNet Bridge – Russia’s State Duma has approved an agreement on cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, Radio the Voice of Russia reported. The inter-governmental agreement was signed in Hanoi on November 7, 2012 during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Hanoi. The deal creates an institutional and legal framework for cooperation programmes in joint specific areas relating to the exploration and use of outer space, as well as practical applications of space technology for peaceful purposes.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/106861/state-duma-ratifies-space-exploration-deal-with-vietnam.html

Da Nang on track to become intelligent city

One big challenge set for Da Nang authority is to integrate the current infrastructure and diversified IT platform into a unified entity, paving the way for the development of a modern administration platform, where people enjoy public services quickly and efficiently. This is an essential step in implementing the vision of Da Nang authority in bringing the city into an intelligent and worth-to-live place.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/106625/da-nang-on-track-to-become-intelligent-city.html

Cyber attacks a threat in VN

Experts voiced their concern over the recent case of a private firm, which sold software that allowed a few hundred customers to spy on more than 14,000 private cell phones users. Viet Hong Company, based in Ha Noi’s Thanh Xuan District, advertises its Ptracker app that helps users track other people’s Android phones, read their SMS messages and contact books and record their phone calls. The app can even turn on features like camera, 3G or GPRS connections of the target devices from the tracker phone.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/106376/cyber-attacks-a-threat-in-vn.html

Vietnam : IT earnings up 48 per cent

He said most hardware revenues had come from the FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) sector driven by players like Samsung, LG, Intel. Korean tech giant Samsung earned $23.9 billion from exports in 2013. “FDI technology firms are now dominating local firms in IT production and the story of “made in Viet Nam” products is not as successful as we expected,” said Duong at an industry seminar in Ha Noi on Wednesday.

http://m.english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/106140/it-earnings-up-48-per-cent.html

Mobile network operators try to develop OTT apps of their own

BKAV, known in Vietnam as the leading Internet security firm, has officially joined the OTT market with its launch of Btalk, an app that allows users to make calls and send messages free of charge. The quality of Btalk is still uncertain. However, Nguyen Tu Hoang, Vice President of BKAV, said Btalk’s mission is to replace Viber, a very popular app among Vietnamese at present. Hoang hopes to make Btalk succeed in Vietnam, and then reach out to the world. Viber reportedly has 10 million users in Vietnam.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/100584/mobile-network-operators-try-to-develop-ott-apps-of-their-own.html

Domain-name trade continues despite lack of legal framework

Domain names are traded in Vietnam, even though there is no legal framework for the business. The involved parties go ahead with sales because they say they cannot wait for the legal framework to be completed for transfer deals. The Ministry of Information and Communication in 2008 released a circular on the management and use of internet resources, which lifted the ban on domain name trade and transfer. However, the circular was not enough to pave the way for this kind of business.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/105547/domain-name-trade-continues-despite-lack-of-legal-framework.html

VNREDSat-1 satellite capable of taking photos globally

. Bui Trong Tuyen, head of the Small Satellite Project Management, and deputy head of the Vietnam Space Technology, an arm of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, spoke about the satellite’s capabilities in an interview given to Dat Viet newspaper several days ago. He said this was welcome news for the Vietnamese public who have heard recent reports that China is building a fake island on the Gac Ma Reef in the Vietnamese Hoang Sa Archipelago.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/105393/vnredsat-1-satellite-capable-of-taking-photos-globally.html

VNPT to hold 20% of Mobifone’s capital after equitization

Mobifone split from the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT) this June and will be under the direct management of the MoIC. This is part of the plan to restructure VNPT. Minister Nguyen Bac Son said the Ministry aims to finalize the restructuring of VNPT this year so that the group can operate in the new model from 2015. This process will include the transfer of three VNPT’s subsidiaries (including Mobifone) to the Ministry.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/105405/vnpt-to-hold-20–of-mobifone-s-capital-after-equitization.html

iOS 7’s high security level an inconvenience to Vietnamese users

The owner of Nhat Huy Mobile shop in HCM City, which distributed iPhone products, said a recent visitor to the shop logged in with his personal iCloud account and then left. The operation allowed him to “hijack” the mobile phone. In this case, though the phone was still usable, it could easily have been controlled by the ID owner from a distance, who could have locked the phone or erased all the data. As soon as discovering that the iPhone was “infected” with a strange account, he immediately “tracked down” the guest, the ID owner. He finally found the guest after learning his email and called for assistance on Facebook.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/98837/ios-7-s-high-security-level-an-inconvenience-to-vietnamese-users.html

Vietnam enjoys smartphone sales boom

GfK, one of the world’s largest research company, revealed in a report last week, adding that the top three growth markets for smartphones according to sales volume in the first quarter were Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand, which recorded 68%, 59% and 45% increased sales, respectively. Indonesia is also the largest market, with consumers purchasing over 7.3 million units or two-fifth of the region’s smartphones.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/105131/vietnam-enjoys-smartphone-sales-boom.html

Open source software ignored by state agencies

Most of the computers at state agencies in Vietnam have been running on Windows operating system. In most cases, they use open source software only if they have financial difficulties. If they get money from the state, they use it to buy closed source software. In fact, many open source software products have been deployed at state agencies since 2001, when the government-initiated Program No 112 on computerizing the state’s administration kicked off.

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/104896/open-source-software-ignored-by-state-agencies.html