“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.