VN to boost IT application in gov’t

VietnamVietnam Net — The target is for the country to break into the UN E-Government Readiness Index (EDGI)’s top four in ASEAN by 2016, and the top three by 2017, reported Hai Quan (Customs) newspaper. The resolution aims to boost the development of e-government and enhance the quality and efficiency of state agencies to better serve the public and enterprises. It will also make state agencies’ activities on the internet more transparent. According to the 2014 EDGI, Viet Nam ranked 99th out of 193 countries worldwide, and fifth among ASEAN countries.

Vietnam sees rapid growth in smartphone use

VietnamVietnam Net — The use of smartphones in the Asia Pacific region continues to grow rapidly, on par with the rest of the world, with page-view volume on mobile websites and apps also comparable with the global average. India, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, countries which Opera refers to as the ‘P4’ (Power 4) sub-region, have witnessed a dramatic increase of 545% in the use of smartphones since 2013, making it one of the sub-regions with the fastest growth rates in the world.

A look at key numbers in Vietnam’s ecommerce market

VietnamTech In Asia — Base on the latest survey by MasterCard in 14 Asia Pacific countries in 2015, the proportion of people shopping online in the past 3 months has increased from 68.4 percent to 80.2 percent, achieving the second highest growth rate (11.8 percent) in the Asia Pacific.Aviation, consumer electronics products, and tourism are the top three areas where Vietnamese consumers spend the most money when they shop online.

Mobile network operators, broadcasters duel over fiber-cable internet market

VietnamThe fiber cable market, which is dominated by the big telecom companies, VNPT, Viettel and FPT, now has two rookies, VTVcab and SCTV. Being newcomers, VTVcab and SCTV are a good match for the experienced players.  They offer packages with much lower service fees than the average level and compete by offering 2-in-1 services (internet & TV). VTVcab and SCTV both have TV service advantages.–broadcasters-duel-over-fiber-cable-internet-market.html

VNPT VinaPhone set to launch

VietnamVietnam Net — The Corporation was created on the basis of unifying subsidiaries of the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), including VinaPhone, the Vietnam Data Communication Company (VDC), the Vietnam Telecoms National Company (VTN), and VNPT International, to focus business on telecommunications services and information technology under Decision No. 888/QD-TTg from the Prime Minister on the restructuring of VNPT.

Domestic bank websites contain security glitches, from VN

VietnamVietnam Net — Of those, two thirds are at high or medium risk of having their security breached. The most dangerous loophole that bank websites are facing is SQL Injection, which allows hackers to directly attack websites’ data. Others, including Cross Site Scripting (XSS) and Open Redirection, could take control over a site or redirect visitors to a spam site.

Investors jump into undersea-cable market as internet woes continue

VietnamVietnam Net — Afzal Abdul Rahim, CEO of TIME dotCom Berhad, said that TIME has bought 25 percent of the Vietnamese CMC Telecom in a deal worth $12 million. He said TIME, the second largest telecom group in Malaysia, has invested more than $200 million in many sea cable systems over the last five years.  TIME has begun implementing its strategy on conquering the Indochina market. Local newspapers commented that it is now the golden time for TIME to join forces with CMC Telecom to provide sea cable services.

VN tops ASEAN with number of new domains

VietnamVietnam Net — This information was revealed by the Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) on July 28. Some 55,944 new domain names ending in “.vn” were registered in the first six months of this year. The increase in registrations for this domain name is in line with the national management goal, VNNIC said. Domain names written in Vietnamese hit 1,075,286, with over 34,500 new domain names registered in the first six months of this year.

Viettel reaching out over Africa

VietnamVietnam Net — Viettel’s mobile signal and optical cables are gradually covering more parts of Africa, with three networks already in place: Nexttel in Cameroon, Lumitel in Burundi, and Halotel in Tanzania. Its foreign investment in the continent is thriving. Only a short period after obtaining license it has quickly developed its infrastructure in the three markets.

MOET’s website collapses because of DDoS problem

VietnamVietnam Net — The trouble occurred at 2.30 pm on July 22, the time when MOET (Ministry of Education and Training) began making public the national high school finals’ results.  The ministry’s website was accessible but no action could be taken because of millions of people were trying to access the site.  The ministry’s website was designed for 60,000 simultaneous visitors only. MOET later tried to fix the problem by sharing the database with some universities to balance the load.

Vietnam attractive for smartphone production

VietnamVietnam Net — There are more investors expanding their business in Vietnam to utilize support policies from the government and the country’s large, low cost workforce, according to the Nikkei Asian Review, an online Japanese newspaper. It noted that Microsoft has moved its manufacturing lines from two factories it closed down in China to its factory in the north of Vietnam.

Mobile commerce grows fast in Vietnam

VietnamVietnam Net — MasterCard announced the results based on interviews done between October and December 2014 with a minimum of 500 respondents aged 18-64 in each of the 14 surveyed markets. They included Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, India and Philippines.

Microsoft joins hand with Vietnam to promote e-Government development

VietnamVietnam Net — Support rapid, comprehensive deployment of e-Government, e-Health and smart transportation, Microsoft’s CityNext is considered the most optimal solution for cities’ resources and IT resources. With the major theme “E-Government, E-Heath and Smart Transportation”, the conference took place at Ho Chi Minh City’s New World Hotel.

Da Nang to revoke “Silicon Valley” project

Vietnam“The project developer, Rocky Lai & Associates Inc., from the US, has not followed the construction schedule because of many difficulties, including financial difficulties,” Mr. Tran Van Son, Director of the Da Nang Department of Planning and Investment, told VET. The city government had spent VND100 billion ($4.5 million) on conducting site clearance to allocate “clean land” to the investor.–silicon-valley–project.html

Vietnamese telecoms firm looks to make Myanmar a ‘second homeland’ after receiving first licence

MyanmarThe 15-year licence, signed by the Posts and Telecommunications Department under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, permits FPT’s fully-owned local subsidiary FPT Myanmar to build a nationwide network infrastructure and offer fixed telecom and internet service as well as value-added services, the company said.

Vietnam’s mobile game market experiencing rapid growth

VietnamVietnam Net — The event last week attracted representatives from leading Asian game companies and publishers. Vietnamese mobile game publishers VNG, Gamota and VTC were among the top 10 mobile game publishers in Southeast Asia in term of revenue, according to App Annie, the standard in app analytics and app market data.

Why are 3G service fees in Vietnam cheap?

VietnamVietnam Net — Reports by international institutions all show that the 3G service fee in Vietnam is equal to 44.3-46.1 percent of the average level in the world, and 44.6 – 47.8 percent of developing countries. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that the 3G service fee in Vietnam is the cheapest in the world. It also said Vietnam is one of the fastest growing markets of Facebook.

Telecom revenue up 8.4% in H1, from VN

VietnamVietnam Net — Figures of the GSO under the Ministry of Planning and Investment showed the local telecom sector had seen steady growth in revenue since 2014. Last year, telecom sales rose by 1.5 times year-on-year to some VND305 trillion after a strong drop in the previous year, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications.–in-h1.html

FPT Group gets licence in Myanmar

MyanmarVietnam Net — “We are happy to be the first wholly owned company in the telecommunications industry to be granted a license to operate in Myanmar,” said a FPT Group representative in making the announcement. The representative added that with the license, FPT expects to concentrate on providing high quality internet services in Myanmar in addition to a wide range of other innovative telecom services.

Vietnam has 29 million 3G subscribers

VietnamVietnam Net — In the first half of the year, about 1.6 million mobile phone users registered to use the 3G service, which is said to be still in the development stage in the country as the number of 3G subscribers is just a fraction of the total number of mobile phone users.