“Our products always receive compliments from foreign clients, from Australia to North America. However, they are not welcomed in the home market,” said Nguyen Trung Kien, director of the technology product development management board, which belongs to VNPT Technology at a workshop held on December 4 in HCM City. VNPT Technology is known for its hardware products bearing Vietnamese brands, such as SmartBox, Modem ADSL and Vivas Lotus, a smartphone model.
Speaking at a Vietnam Internet Day in HCMC last Friday, Mo said they could start 4G services next year. Experts said at the event that it is the right time for Vietnam to provide 4G services. Thieu Phuong Nam, general director of Qualcomm Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said prices of devices that can run on the 4G network have dropped. On the other hand, 4G has grown fast in Southeast Asia and the world as a whole, making it possible to lower the cost of the service.
The warning was given after Bkav Security conducted a survey from August to November 2014 in large cities where wifi is provided for free, such as Da Nang, Hai Phong, Hoi An and Ha Long. The experts pointed out that there could be three forms of attacks, including Man in the Middle (cyber attacks where a malicious actor goes between two parties & gains access to private information), Phishing (when internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick users into giving out their personal information) and SSID Spoofing (criminals use spoofed service set identifiers (SSIDs) to lure wireless users).
In Vietnam, it’s tough to break into the local market with new products. On the legal side, it’s hard to get licenses for specific types of business, to get investment, and to navigate the murky realm of government policy. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t options. How is it that companies like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Samsung, IBM, and Intel are here? These international firms made it work by developing the right relationships. Finding the right partner can go a long way. Viettel, Vietnam’s largest telco is well aware of that, and is eager to team up with international partners to bring new technology to Vietnam.
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) shut down the websites http://www.123doc.vn and http://www.khoahoc.com.vn for operating without licenses, MIC representatives said on December 5. While http://www.123doc.vn operated as a social network, http://www.khoahoc.com.vn ran as an electronic information website. The ministry also fined http://www.123doc.vn owner, Nguyen Duy Khanh, from Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district 13 million VND (619 USD) and http://www.khoahoc.com.vn creator, Nguyen Ngoc Hai, from Long Bien district 8 million VND (380.9 USD) for setting up the websites without licenses.
Quy Nguyen is a Vietnamese, but he usually travels between Hanoi and Guangzhou, China, for business. When he is in Vietnam, he can contact his Chinese partners in Guangzhou with WeChat. “WeChat is the only OTT app Guangzhou people can use,” he explained. Nguyen said due to Chinese characters, it always takes a lot of time to write text messages. Therefore, to communicate with Chinese partners, he would rather make calls or send voice messages.
State-owned MobiFone has a charter capital of VND15 trillion ($715 million) and it operates in the form of a parent-subsidiary in five major business areas: telecom services, information technology, broadcasting, and multimedia communications. Following a decision signed by Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son, the corporation will have 12 subsidies operating in all 63 provinces and cities across the country, network, research and design centers.
On hi-tech forums, Vietnamese experts have advised mobile device users not to install apps sourced from China. A test with a Xiaomi smartphone at a mobile phone shop in HCM City conducted by a Nguoi lao dong reporter showed clear evidence that the smartphone had a connection with a server in China and sent information there. The reporter then decided to reset the smartphone, hoping that when the software was cleared, he would have a “clean” smartphone. However, to his surprise, the smartphone still connected and sent information to the server in China.
VNPT Technology, a member company of the Viet Nam Posts and Telecommunications Group, released its second made-in-Viet Nam smartphone VIVAS Lotus S2 for low-income customers on November 25 in Ha Noi. The smartphone offers new applications, developed by VNPT Technology on the VNPT Appstore, such as TVOD for watching TV online and VIVAS Cloud for unlimited online storage. VIVAS Lotus S2 is available in five colours, namely turquoise, pink and yellow, besides black and white.
Zalo, a 100 percent Vietnamese OTT app, has 20 million users, a surprising figure to many people. In the eyes of Vietnamese, locally made products are often seen as having an inferior quality to foreign products. However, the “principle” is not true in the case of Zalo. The OTT market had a great war in 2012-2013, with some players dislodged from the market. These included Wala, a young player which could not survive the stiff competition.
Nokia and Samsung were bestsellers in Vietnam in the first eight months of the year, according to GfK, a market survey firm. Though Samsung is the most popular brand in the world, it is Nokia that sold the highest number of products in Vietnam the first eight months. Nokia reportedly held 43.4 percent of the market share considering the number of smartphones sold, followed by Samsung with 20.1 percent. Sony, HTC and LG were ranked in the middle positions in the list, while Vietnamese brands like Mobiistar, Q-mobile and Chinese Oppo were mostly sold to low-income earners.
The 15th Telmin is expected to draw representatives from 10 ASEAN member nations, partner countries, including Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), China and India, the World Telecommunication Union and European Union. The meeting will discuss and approve partnership programmes to strengthen connectivity on information infrastructure, narrow digital communications gap and improve IT application capability among ASEAN member countries, according to the Vietnam Ministry of Information and Telecommunications.
The Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) thought of establishing the VNSC in 2007 after the Prime Minister approved a national research and development for space technology. Work on the centre is underway at the Lang Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, some 40km from Ha Noi. Funds for the centre’s construction comes from two main sources: Japanese ODA (over US$600 million) and government’s counterpart contribution. We expect the centre to open in 2020 as scheduled.
Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, the Maldives and Nepal are partnering with the World Bank to map out their most-promising locations for solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy resources. The US$22.5m, five year project installs measuring stations and uses geographical information systems (GIS) to plot the solar and wind potential of regions. Pakistan is the most developed in this process, having commissioned a measuring station that was installed in Punjab province at the end of October.
At the October meeting of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), Tran Manh Hung, VNPT’s general director, said the company’s board members have submitted the plan to set up the three corporations and was waiting for the ministry to assess the proposal and pass it on to the prime minister. The three entities would operate in separate fields, specifically infrastructure (VNPT – NET), business (VNPT – VinaPhone) and value-added services (VNPT – Media). They would operate independently and their performance would be separately evaluated.
Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud software and services provider, today announced that The Forrester Wave™: Hosted Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2014, has recognized Virtustream as a Leader in its evaluation of the market. The report details Forrester Research Inc.’s findings on how well each of 16 vendors fulfills enterprise customer requirements to help infrastructure and operations (I&O) pros select the right partner for their hosted private cloud solution.
The students in question had expressed themselves on the social networking site too freely, using vulgar words, curses and insults against others, including their own parents and teachers, and speaking ill of, isolating and threatening friends. “Living with our children in the virtual world is not easy at all,” admitted Nguyen Thu Hang, a mother residing in Ha Noi. “I used to know nothing about information technology. While all of my colleagues have accounts in Facebook, I didn’t care about it,” she said. “But after my daughter, a fifth grade student, joined Facebook, I had to join too.”
Impacted by sharp falls in revenues, local mobile carriers are reportedly trying to block OTT services, which allow users to make free phone calls and send free text messages. In reality, users have found the quality of OTT services is declining. The ministry is collecting suggestions for a draft circular managing Internet-based call and texting services. The draft stipulates that telecom firms are disallowed to bar OTT services in Vietnam.
The circular stipulates that OTT (over the top) services will be under control. Viber will be most affected because it provides internet-based text and voice services, both free and paid. The draft circular says that foreign firms will be allowed to provide paid internet-based text and voice services in Vietnam if they cooperate with Vietnamese telcos which have the license to provide the services.
GWI actively collects data from 32 countries by asking Internet users which sites they visited during a period via any device. The survey revealed that the United States has the largest share of Facebook users with 15 per cent, followed by India and China with 13 per cent each. Viet Nam is in the 10th position with 3 per cent. Meanwhile, Similar Web, which does IP-based analysis, released very different results, saying that India is the only Asian country in the top 10 for Facebook traffic.