Vinaphone, Vodafone clinch strategic partnership

Under the partnership, the Vietnamese mobile service provider hopes to benefit from Vodafone’s technology as well as its established systems to improve service quality and competitiveness. Customers will have the opportunity to enjoy useful services that have been deployed worldwide by the UK firm. “Vodafone’s seasoned customer care policy will be very helpful to enhance effectiveness of Vinaphone’s customer care service and help us meet customers’ increasing demands. The cooperation will also make the Vinaphone brand more popular around the world,” said the State-owned firm’s spokesman Doan Xuan Hop.–vodafone-clinch-strategic-partnership.html

OTT apps to thrive when Vietnam deploys 4G

Mobile network operators and OTT app developers have finally found a way to co-exist. According to Harald Preiss, a senior executive of Nokia Networks, in the countries which have been utilizing 4G technology like Japan, mobile network operators now provide free voice call and SMS service as a part of the monthly data package service, and they only charge fees for data services. As such, when customers use OTT services, mobile network operators can earn money, while users will be more satisfied because they can use high-quality services.

Gov’t approves use of IT outsourcing by enterprises, organisations

FPT, the Vietnamese largest IT group, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Vietnam Railway Corporation on the development of a new ticket distribution system, according to Ha Noi Moi newspaper. Under the agreement, FPT will build a modern e-ticket distribution system which allows people to buy tickets through different channels, either via websites, messages, or sale agents. With the new system, which will replace the current one, people will be able to book tickets at any time convenient to them and update information about the ticket distribution process, itineraries and schedules.–organisations.html

HCM City pushes forward with Microsoft Smart City model

Under this MOU, both parties will focus on implementing key areas including: General IT infrastructure and IT infrastructure for smart city, information security, cloud apps development, training for IT resources, E-government, high-tech and electronic information technology industries and IPR implementation. Attending the ceremony were Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Manh Ha; director of Ho Chi Minh City Information and Communications Department Le Thai Hy; Asia Time Zone SMS&P at Microsoft public sector director Rodrigo Becerra Mizuno; general manager of Microsoft Vietnam Vu Minh Tri and media representatives.

Viettel asked to stop “Internet for education” program

Sources from the Ministry of Information and Communications said that the Department of Telecommunication has told Viettel to stop the program to provide a fiber optic Internet connection for the education sector in the northern province of Ha Nam, called FTTH EDU. The agency said that the program violates the regulations on price management and promotion in the field of telecommunications. Reportedly, Viettel not only has to stop this program in Ha Nam, but also across the country, and to report on this issue to the Ministry.–internet-for-education–program.html

Vietnam adjusts VNREDSat-1 satellite to avoid cosmic object

Ngo Duy Tan, deputy director of the Small Satellite Operation and Exploitation Center, has confirmed that the satellite was saved from a possible accident as the center successfully adjusted its orbit. According to Tan, JSpOC (Joint Space Operations Center), the US command and control weapon system sent information that a possible collision would occur at 8.26 pm Hanoi time on August 15 with the probability rate of 0.279 percent. The center also said that the object which the satellite might collide with was moving at a speed of 14,000 meter per second.

VN smartphone software to save data usage

A Vietnamese smart phone is now offering Opera Max software that can compress data by up to 50 per cent compared with the limited 3G packages available now. Now available in Mobiistar’s Black Diamond Prime508 model, it will only be uploaded on Viet Nam’s Google Play after three months. The software allows users to easily manage their mobile data usage and enjoy video clips with less buffering than usual. Nearly 70 per cent of videos on 2G and 3G networks in Viet Nam have to buffer. This is the second highest rate in Southeast Asia after only Myanmar, where it is over 88 per cent.

Nokia to shift smartphone production to Vietnam

According to Bac Ninh Province’s authorities, the firm has sent a document to related agencies in Vietnam announcing that it is going to shut down all or part of its factories in Komarom (Hungary), Beijing and Dongguan (China) and Reynosa (Mexico). Earlier, Nokia Vietnam said in a statement sent to relevant agencies to report on its business performance since 2011 and new business strategy after Microsoft took over Nokia that Microsoft has plans to relocate most smartphone production lines to Vietnam.

MobiFone in the blocks ready for equitisation progress

Vietnam’s telecommunications sector is poised to enjoy a change in fortunes, with prime ministerial Decision 888/QD-TTg set to be a game changer. The decision, dated June 10, 2014, approved the restructuring plan of state-owned Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), which has seen its prized asset MobiFone fall under direct management of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) from July 1, 2014, prior to its planned equitisation.

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. Meanwhile, the percentage of smartphone sold in Vietnam in the first quarter had surpassed featured phones, reaching 55%, the Germany-based market researcher reported.

‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Dong Nguyen Launches New Game

Dong Nguyen, an independent video game developer from Vietnam, will be releasing a new game, called “Swing Copters,” on the iOS App Store and Android’s Google Play on Thursday. The game is similar to Nguyen’s “Flappy Bird,” which received 50 million downloads and US$50,000 per day through ads before it was taken down in February. While in “Flappy Bird” the character dodging obstacles to get through checkpoints determines the player’s performance, in “Swing Copters” the gamer takes control of a figure wearing a “propeller hat” that rises into the sky and can be made to go left or right by tapping the screen.

VNPT official outlines restructuring strategy

The aims of the plan are to continue VNPT’s development, focus on production and trading of telecom, information technology and multi-media products and services, improve the competitive ability and efficiency in production and business, and maintain a key role in the telecom industry of Viet Nam. Bui Quoc Viet, director of VNPT Information and Public Relation Centre, spoke about these issues.

VN not offer enough financial support for research, scientists say

Associate Professor Dr Pham Bich San, Secretary General of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Association VUSTA, repeatedly said in local newspapers that while Vietnam has an excessive number of scientists, it seriously lacks patent co-operation treaties (PCT) or valuable inventions. Scientists say they have to conduct scientific research in poor conditions and with limited financial capability. An official of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) noted that the science development of a country heavily depends on research and development (R&D) expenditures and works.–scientists-say.html

Are Vietnamese IT engineers the best paid in the region?

Analyzing the data from PayScale, a software and data service provider, PIKOM compared the income of IT engineers in 70 cities in 13 countries in accordance with the purchasing power parity (PPP) theory, and found that the most attractive income was being paid to the engineers in Vietnam and Hong Kong. Vietnamese IT engineers’ earned 2.19 times higher than their Malaysian counterparts, while Hong Kong engineers’ earned 2.12 times higher than Malaysian. According to PIKOM, an IT expert in Malaysia received 7,152 RM in 2013, on average, or $47 million a year.

MobiFone has new CEO – Vietnum

He will replace Mai Van Binh who was appointed as the company’s chairman on June 26 by the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT). Tra, born in 1961, graduated from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology. He has been working for the second largest Vietnamese mobile network operator for more than 20 years. Tra was MobiFone’s deputy general director and director of the company’s mobile centre in HCM City before his appointment as general director.

Telcos pour big money into 3G, kick off 4G deployment

A senior executive of the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT) said: “Developing 4G would be not too costly. However, VNPT has not geared up to implement the 4G technology development project because the demand for 4G is still not strong enough.” Investment capital needs to be spent reasonably to optimize profits, not to “show off” one’s power, he said. He said that “3G technology is still more than enough to satisfy the domestic users’ demand for mobile data”.–kick-off-4g-deployment.html

Viettel returns low bandwidth to MIC

This is a low frequency with too much interference that had caused too many problems for EVN Telecom previously, according to Doan Quang Hoan, Director of Radio Frequency under MIC, reports ICTnews online. After Viettel returned this low frequency to the MIC, Hoan said the ministry should undertake a study on how to reuse this frequency to avoid waste. However, telecom experts said it was difficult to reuse this low frequency, and that’s why Viettel had returned it to the ministry.

Cloud computing services becoming more popular in VN

VietNamNet Bridge – The proportion of Vietnamese businesses interested in cloud computing and willing to use the services is higher than the average level in the Asia-Pacific region, according to experts. International information technology (IT) groups have realized that Vietnam is a large potential market with a high percentage of businesses deciding to use cloud computing services to cut expenses. Cloud computing cuts investment costs by five to seven times. If a company, for example, sets up IT infrastructure on its own, it would save five to seven times over the cost of doing so without cloud computing.

Da Nang launches city-wide public Wi-Fi for all

According to Pham Kim Son, Director of the municipal Department of Information and Communication, the Wi-Fi service will be provided for free at least until the end of 2016 and then the city will charge the users who want to improve their internet line quality. With about 330 base transceiver stations, Wi-Fi access points have been installed on lighting poles in inner city and public buildings in key locations across the city including universities, tourist sites, apartments and 29 state departments and agencies.

Facebook has 25 million users in Vietnam

A report by Epinion on the number of Facebook users in Vietnam includes results of a survey that the agency conducted last month based on online interviews with over 1,000 Vietnamese people aged over 18. The report indicates 97% of respondents have Facebook accounts to contact their friends and relatives, share experiences and market products and services. Tran Lien Phuong, research director at Epinion Vietnam, said social media in Vietnam is growing fast, with Facebook seeing the number of subscribers doubling each year.