Viettel enters OTT market with new app

VietnamAfter three months of being developed and tested (from last December) with approximately 30,000 subscribers, Viettel has officially launched Mocha Messenger app with many features introduced to be exclusive. In addition to sending text messages, voice messages and pictures, this application also supplies music, which Viettel confirmed to be the only feature on OTT apps in Vietnam and the world. However, Mocha Messenger does not have calling features like its rivals as Zalo, Viber, WhatsApp, Skype …

Chinese hackers snooping on Vietnam for 10 years: experts

VietnamAccording to the security firm, the group of 30 hackers, called APT 30, could have been the culprit behind cyberattacks on governmental organizations, businesses and news agencies. The report said the APT 30 attacks kicked off in 2005, targeting neighboring countries, including Vietnam. “There’s no smoking gun that shows this is a Chinese government operation, but all signs point to China,” FireEye’s APAC CTO Bryce Boland said in TechCrunch.–experts.html

What is the solution for malware-infected computers in Vietnam?

VietnamThe department, analyzing the reports of some domestic and foreign institutions , concluded that 66 out of every 100 computers in Vietnam have been attacked by malware.  Meanwhile, malware existing in computers at state agencies will cause immeasurable consequences. Dung said hackers attack computers at state agencies by sending emails with malware to agency officers.  When the malware gets into the computers, it will infect other computers of the same networks and collect important information or change the interface of the websites.

AT&T eyes Vietnam market

VietnamSandy Verma, Senior Director in charge of Internet of Things Solutions of AT&T Asia Pacific said, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, up to 86% of CIOs worldwide said that technology was changing their business practice. Data analysis and Internet of Things – IoT – are emerging as the most significant technologies. With IoT, mobile phones are not just used for making calls or sending text messages but can open doors, turn on smart devices in homes, and connect devices in workshops and medical devices monitoring human health.

Vietnam, India collaborate in IT & foreign language training

VietnamLocated inside the city’s Telecommunications University (TCU), the centre was set up under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Vietnamese and Indian governments in October 2014. Its goal is to develop high-quality human resources in the fields and meet the demand for building the Vietnam People’s Army.  The building cost amounted to 18 billion VND (833,000 USD), half of which was sourced from non-refundable Indian aid.–india-collaborate-in-it—foreign-language-training.html

US keeps watch over security risks from Chinese telecom devices sold in VN

VietnamLast year, problems were found with 1,000 modems HG8045A imported by the Vietnam Post and Telecom Corporation (VNPT) from Huawei, a large Chinese large telecom device manufacturer. VNPT customers complained they could not change passwords and had to use a default password provided by the supplier. Dang Anh Son, deputy director of VNPT Hanoi, explained at a press conference held to clarify the problem that VNPT’s technicians made mistakes when providing the wrong password to clients.

IT firms struggle to look for mobile programmers

VietnamTran Anh Tuan, deputy director of the HCM City Human Resource and Labor Information Center, said that HCM City alone would need 16,200 IT workers every year in the upcoming years, including programmers for mobile devices. The WeAreSocial website says that 35 percent of the world’s population now use the internet, 26 percent access Facebook, and 93 percent use mobile phones.

HCM City to take bold measures against SMS spam, from VN

VietnamLe Quoc Cuong, deputy director of the department, told reporters last week that the department will take drastic steps to crack down on SMS spam in line with the Ministry of Information and Communications’ Directive 82/CT-BTTTT. Some mobile service providers have warned their customers of fraudulent texts and calls and applied technical measures against spam. In the coming time, mobile carriers will be required to inform customers of service charges and come up with better solutions to protect their clients.

Vietnam tops global outsourcing market for first time

VietnamVietnam has capitalised on increasing labour costs in China to take first place in the ranking while India remains the world’s largest business process outsourcing market. Vietnam established its presence in the sector thanks to numerous government reform policies to promote the country as a key outsourcing destination. C&W predicts the service segment will expand rapidly given the average age of the country’s workforce is under 30 and 1-1.5 million people enter the labour market every year.

Viettel Cambodia takes over local telecom service provider

CambodiaOn its announcement issued this week, Beeline unveiled that Sotelco Ltd, ex-owner of the Beeline Cambodia trademark, is to stop involving in the operation of the network. As from March 24, Beeline scratch cards will become invalid and all current sim cards will be shifted to Metfone system, the company declared. Beeline users will benefit from the takeover as they can access to their new provider’s advanced services such as 4G technology.

Vietnam’s Metfone to Absorb Struggling Beeline

CambodiaMetfone, Cambodia’s largest mobile phone provider by subscribers, will absorb Beeline, which has struggled to gain a foothold in the country’s fiercely competitive telecoms market, Beeline announced Thursday in a statement posted to its Facebook page. Beeline, whose parent company is Sotelco Ltd., was purchased by Cambodian businessman Huot Vanthan in 2013 from Amsterdam-based VimpelCom Ltd. Metfone is a subsidiary of Viettel, which is wholly owned by the Vietnamese military.

Hackers earn big money with ransomware, from VN

VietnamThe hackers, after penetrating their information systems, encrypted the data and locked the files in the systems. The hackers left a message that they would provide the key to unlock the files if the victims paid a ransom. In many cases, the victims have decided to compromise, accepting to pay ransom in exchange for their data, because they fear the news about hacking would negatively affect their business. According to Kaspersky Vietnam, malware was sent mostly from a member of Ransomware – Trojan-Ransom.

Taiwan tops Vietnam labor export markets: report

TaiwanTAIPEI–Taiwan was Vietnam’s largest labor export market in the first two months of this year, recruiting 10,906 Vietnamese workers during the period, according to the latest official data from Hanoi. A total of 17,206 Vietnamese were sent abroad to work in the two-month period, according to a March 11 report on VGA News, the Vietnamese government-run online newspaper website, which cited statistics compiled by the Overseas Labor Management Department.

Most VN firms plan to use virtual technology

VietnamThe findings indicate that businesses in the highly virtualised category will rise from the existing 11 per cent to 35 per cent by 2017. As many as 445 business and IT managers and decision makers participated in the VMware Vietnam Business Survey conducted from January to March 2015.

Smartphone boom in Vietnam benefits Chinese brands

VietnamIt plans to market products this year selling from several million dong to dozens of millions of dong to target different groups of customers. Shawn Shu, a Huawei senior executive, said it would have been easier for Huawei to join the Vietnamese market some years ago. Meanwhile, the market has become too competitive with the presence of “big guys”. The low-cost market segment, priced at below VND4 million, was once dominated by Vietnamese and Chinese brands. However, Microsoft has jumped on the bandwagon.

Acronis to penetrate Vietnamese market

VietnamThis information was shared by Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov within the framework of the conference on ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) revolution held in Ho Chi Minh City last week. Acronis has provided reliable cloud backup for financial institutions, banks, multinational corporations, SMEs and individual customers. The company’s customer base includes some of the leading firms operating in Vietnam, such as Korean tech giants Samsung and LG.

Tech Mahindra opens sales office in Hanoi,Vietnam

VietnamTech Mahindra is bringing jobs and IT expertise across the region by opening its Vietnam sales office in Hanoi. Tech Mahindra is present in Vietnam since 2012 and has experienced an increase in the number of customers especially in the banking sector in the country. It has come a long way since 2012 and today it boasts a strong ecosystem in Vietnam comprising established product vendors and local partners.

Local websites risk attacks through SSL security protocol, from VN

VietnamSome Vietnamese websites have been attacked through a security hole in SSL protocol, said Bkav security company. Photo This revelation was made by Bkav security firm on March 4. A bug, named FREAK, has been discovered on the Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) cryptographic protocol. It attacks Google and Apple mobile devices when they are used to access Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure (HTTPS) websites.

Vietnam plans development of 4G services

VietnamAccording to Doan Quang Hoan, director of the Vietnam Authority of Radio Frequency Management, the country has been making efforts to adopt frequency bands for the development of 4G services, foreseeing the trends in new technologies. He added that Vietnam is one among many countries that already have the bands for 4G services, quoted by, adding that the department has remained focused on adopting these frequency bands in the country during the past to enhance accessibility and efficiency.

Door opens for Vietnam’s aerospace technology development

VietnamExperts said that Vietnam has learned from countries with developed aerospace technology to choose its own suitable direction for the national aerospace development. It resulted from the Party and State’s decision to invest in the key project for the VAC establishment, aiming to fulfil the national aerospace development strategy towards 2020.