Telecom 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 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.
WSJ — 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.
Vietnam 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.
Vietnam 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.
Vietnam 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.
Vietnam 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.
Myanmar 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.
HANOI: 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.
Vietnam 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 baodautu.vn.
Vietnam 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.
Vietnam 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.
Telecom 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.
Enterprise 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.
Blouin 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 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.
Tuoitre 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.
Enterprise 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.
Enterprise 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.
Telecom 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.
Telecom 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).
Tech 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.
Telecom 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.
ACN 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.
Vietnam Net — The visit comes at a time when Vietnam is set to benefit significantly from the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal (TPP) and the need for digital transformation is more urgent than ever to help organisations continue to thrive. As a trusted cloud advisor and with over two decades of impact in the Vietnamese market, Microsoft has become a prominent enterprise that is active in supporting the government, local authorities and enterprises, to develop the IT capabilities of the country.
Internet plays a key role in shaping a new world which is far beyond the imagination of not only normal people, but also those who invented it. Vietnam, since the day it officially connected to the internet on November 19, 1997, has been witnessing a lot of big social changes, both positive and negative.
The Star — HANOI: Apple Inc has opened a subsidiary company in Vietnam, allowing the maker of iPhones to import and distribute cellphones directly in one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the Asia-Pacific. Apple Vietnam Limited Liability was established on Oct 28 with a registered capital of 15bil dong (RM2.89mil), according to a news announcement recorded on Vietnam’s national business registry website seen by Reuters on Nov 5.
Vietnam’s startup ecosystem is making strides toward maturity. From a growing ecommerce sector to the government itself taking an interest in entrepreneurship, it all points toward a growing opportunity for founders and investors alike. Now a new startup accelerator is about to open its doors to early-stage startups in the country.
Vietnam Net — More than 70 enterprises attended the Internet of Things solution Summit in Hanoi on September 22, part of a series of IoT events held by Intel worldwide. At the conference, experts all affirmed the great potential of IoT. The IoT will offer opportunities in changing business methods and improving living conditions of people and the world in different ways.
Vietnam Net — The Prime Minister has approved the project to upgrade the capacity and change the technology of the InterAsia (IA) undersea cable. This comes after repeated problems with the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable. In Vietnam, enterprises involved in the internet have to ask for the Prime Minister’s permission for plans related to undersea cables.