Vietnam’s defense spending is $5 billion and rising fast

VietnamLocal SYR — Vietnam has increased its military spending dramatically in recent years amid a series of territorial disputes with China. And the southeast Asian nation may soon be splashing out more to upgrade its defense capabilities. President Obama on Monday announced an end to decades-old military sanctions banning U.S. arms exports to Vietnam.

Hanoi Telecom picks Infinera to advance Vietnam network

VietnamEnterprise Innovation —  Telecom (HTC) selected Infinera Intelligent Transport Networks to advance its optical network in Vietnam. HTC extended its existing Infinera TM-Series metro network with the DTN-X Family for its backbone connecting Ho Chi Minh City and Vung Tau. Combined with Instant Bandwidth technology, the end-to-end solution enables HTC to differentiate its services and manage costs as it increases network capacity.

Facebook blocked in Vietnam over the weekend due to citizen protests

VietnamTech Crunch — Facebook appears to have been blocked in Vietnam as a part of a government-imposed crackdown on social media, amid public protests over an environmental disaster attributed to toxic discharges from a steel complex built by Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics. Dissidents are blaming wastewater from the steel plant for a mass fish death at aquatic farms and in waters off the country’s central provinces.

$1.3m cyber attack foiled, from VN

VietnamGulf News — Hanoi: A foiled hacking attack on a small Vietnamese bank may have been a practice run for an $81 million cyber assault on Bangladesh’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and points to vulnerabilities in how banks connect to the Swift interbank messaging system.

28,000 “.vn” domain names created in Q1

VietnamVietnam Net — There were also 222,660 Vietnamese domain names created in the first quarter of this year, bringing the total number of Vietnamese domain names to 971,679. Regarding the management of the Vietnamese domain names, the Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC) in mid-April said the centre had implemented a purification programme that freed inactive Vietnamese domain names from the beginning of March.—vn–domain-names-created-in-q1.html

Vietnam’s FPT invests $10 million in submarine cable project

VietnamNikkei — HO CHI MINH CITY — Vietnam’s leading IT group FPT revealed it has made a $10 million investment in the Asia-Pacific Gateway submarine cable project, which is scheduled to be operational this year.  The underwater cable communication network will connect countries in the region including Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand.

Viettel to roll out 3G-only network in Myanmar

MyanmarTelecom Asia — Vietnamese military-run operator Viettel has provided details of its plans for entering the Myanmar mobile market, including a goal of connecting 95% of the country’s population within three years. Viettel was recently selected as the international partner for a consortium of 11 local technology and other companies selected to become Myanmar’s fourth mobile operator.

Vietnam needs clearer windpower laws: experts

VietnamVietnam Net — These were among the petitions related to administrative procedures that were raised at a validation workshop held in HCM City last week. The aim of the workshop was to create more opportunities for further wind power. The Validation Workshop on “Wind Power Investment Guidelines” was co-hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Inter-nationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Vietnam and the General Directorate of Energy (GDE) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) in Vietnam.–experts.html

Vietnam’s Startups Step to the Fore

VietnamWSJ — HANOI—In 1988, a team of Vietnamese technicians secured their first deal to make computers for Russia’s Academy of Sciences. One of their early machines is still on display here in Hanoi, surrounded by Hollywood-style imprints of the build team’s hands, buttocks and other body parts.

Microsoft gives a helping hand to Vietnam’s fight against cybercrime

VietnamVietnam Net — Vietnam, which is increasing its investments in IT Infrastructure, consumption and modernisation of businesses, banking  and finance industry, and government departments and public services, is increasingly facing the cybercrime attacks and threats, unless cybersecurity is given a comprehensive attention.

Viettel launches 4G service for Apple iPhones

VietnamVietnam Net — Viettel said last week that it had become the first mobile carrier in Vietnam to be allowed by Apple to provide 4G service for iPhone 5 smartphones, iPad 4 tablets and other products of Apple. Earlier, 4G LTE could not be used for Apple products in the trial period of the service in the southern province but be available for devices running on the Android operating system.

VN network security at high risk: experts

VietnamVietnam Net — The event aims to set up security measures, ensure information security for e-Government, propose measures to protect enterprises’ databases and curb data leaks. Thinh attributed the increasing number of attacks to serious security loopholes that have not been repaired on most electronic websites and information portals.–experts.html

HCM City to cooperate with Microsoft in technology application

VietnamVietnam Net — At the event, Secretary Thang said HCM City and Microsoft should cooperate in information technology in various fields, such as smart traffic management, anti-flooding and anti-crime programmes, and food safety. He also asked the company to support the city as it develops e-government, bringing about great change in local governance and administrative offices.

Viettel picked for fourth telecoms tie-up with military partner, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Viettel, which is owned by Vietnam’s defence ministry, was one of seven foreign companies to express interest in a tender launched at the end of last year. Of the five companies deemed suitable to apply, the Vietnamese operator was the only one to submit its proposal by the deadline on March 18, said a source with knowledge of the matter.

Vietnam PM approves $300 million R&D investment by Samsung Electronics

VietnamHANOI: Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a $300-million research and development project in Hanoi by Samsung Electronics Vietnam, a local unit of a South Korean giant that is the communist country’s single biggest investor. The project would operate for 50 years, rent-free, Vietnam’s government reported on its news website on Wednesday.

Apple to invest in Vietnam for the first time: media

VietnamVietnam Net — The new facility is scheduled to operate as a Research & Development (R&D) centre of the firm. This will be the first project Apple has ever initiated in Vietnam. The project is currently still in the planning stage. Apple is considering locations for the facility, possibly in Hanoi, according to–media.html

Japan to recruit 30,000 IT engineers, a chance for Vietnam

VietnamVietnam Net — Nguyen Doan Hung, chairman of the Vietnam – Japan IT Cooperation Club (VJC) made this observation at the Vietnam IT Day 2016 in Japan recently. The event was co-organised by the Vietnam Software and IT Service Association (Vinasa), VJC and Japan Information Technology Service Industry Association (JISA) with the theme of “Vietnam – Japan IT Co-operation heading to TPP” in the end of February.–a-chance-for-vietnam.html

Vinaphone installs 11,000 3G base stations before Tet

VietnamVietnam Net — The firm has also come up with a plan to optimise its BTS network, upgrade software and has prepared to handle any emergency in locations where large crowds are expected to prevent service failures, while extra staff will be on duty 24 hours a day. At least 2-3 mobile base transceiver vans will be sent to each firework display location in Hanoi, Danang and Ho Chi Minh City.

Viettel launches carrier billing for Google Play

VietnamTelecom Asia — Viettel has become Vietnam’s first operator to offer to offer direct carrier billing for the Google Play store. The operator has teamed up with carrier billing company Fortumo to offer carrier billing to its 55 million subscribers. Both postpaid and prepaid customers will be able to take advantage of the new function.

Vietnam startups get $10 M fund from US-based VC

VietnamEnterprise Innovation — The Silicon Valley venture capital firm 500 Startups has announced a $10 million fund for Vietnam. It said the goal is to make 100 to 150 investments into Vietnamese startups that address local market needs as well as those tackling overseas markets. In addition to financing, startups will also get access to the company’s international network of mentors and partners to help scale up their business.

Cambodia’s internet gets undersea boost

CambodiaBlouin News — Cambodia’s growing internet usage is about to get a big boost from China. On Wednesday, Phnom Penh signed a contract with China’s Cambodia Fiber Optic Communication Network for the firm to invest $69.7 million in building and operating high-bandwidth submarine cables and a landing station in the country’s coastal southwestern province.

Vietnam’s telecom sector sees growth

VietnamVietnam Net — The information was released at a meeting conducted by the Ministry of Information and Communications in Hanoi early this week. Pham Duc Long, General Director of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Groups (VNPT), said that in the first two months of this year, VNPT completed 15.7 percent of its sales target in 2016, with a growth rate of 9.2 percent against the same period last year. The group also saw a profit growth of 20.2 percent compared to the same period last year.

Internet in Vietnam to slow down this weekend as cable undergoes maintenance

VietnamTuoitre News — The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system will begin three days of maintenance on Friday, a representative from Vietnam’s SPT Telecom firm said Tuesday. Internet speed for users in Vietnam is therefore expected to slow down, especially when they use services or websites hosted overseas such as Facebook and Google.

Vietnam to undertake DNA identification project for war victims

VietnamEnterprise Innovation — The government of Vietnam has signed a contract with SMART Research BV for the provision of the Bonaparte DNA matching software system and associated support services. The procurement is part of a 10-year project that aims to identify at least 80,000 of the 650,000 unidentified victims from the Vietnam War.  Initiated by the Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Project 150 will be the largest DNA identification project ever conducted.

Online sales up 40% two weeks before Chinese New Year

ChinaEnterprise Innovation — Online consumers are browsing retail products more actively than before in the weeks leading up to the Chinese New Year, according to marketing firm Criteo. In its bid to forecast the trends this year, Criteo analyzed 174 million online transactions in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam, focusing on online activities before and after Chinese New Year last year.

Vietnam approves broadband development plan

VietnamTelecom Asia — Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a project to improve the nation’s fixed broadband infrastructure to give at least 40% of households nationwide access by 2020. The new program will also aim to ensure that at least 60% of internet connections have speeds of at least 25Mbps by this time, Viet Nam News reported.

Viettel launches subscription app store

VietnamTelecom Asia — Vietnam’ Viettel has launched a subscription app store for its mobile customers in conjunction with browser developer Opera. The new AppMarket offers unlimited downloads from a range of over 300,000 apps and games for   a weekly subscription fee of 10,000 dong ($0.44).

Nuggets of wisdom from Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s chat with startups in Vietnam

VietnamTech in Asia — Well, Google CEO Sundar Pichai just had a similar moment in Vietnam, but it seemed less choreographed. Sundar actually interrupted his private holiday, taking time for an intimate interview at a venue in Hanoi with just 200 guests. Later, he hung out with Flappy Bird inventor Nguyen Ha Dong at a street-side tea stall.

Vietnam’s internet penetration passes 50%

VietnamTelecom Asia — More than half of Vietnam’s population now have access to the internet, and the market’s challenger operators have made strong gains this year, according to figures from the national regulator. The Vietnam Telecommunications Authority revealed that over 47.3 million Vietnamese residents now have internet access, equivalent to around 52% of the population, Thanh Nien News reported.

Asia Commercial Bank to Launch ACB-JCB Prepaid Card in Vietnam

VietnamACN Newswire — Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo: Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), a leading commercial bank in Vietnam, and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., have announced the launch of ACB-JCB Prepaid Card in Vietnam. ACB and JCBI have launched the ACB-JCB Prepaid Card to diversify the product range to meet various demands of customers in Vietnam.