Viettel – main factor of telecom boom in Vietnam: Defence Minister

Hanoi (VNA) –
The military-run telecoms group Viettel is the main factor creating a boom in
telecommunications in Vietnam, contributing to completing the national target
of universalising telecom services ahead of schedule, said Defence Minister
General Ngo Xuan Lich. 

Speaking at a working session with Viettel
representatives on July 7, Minister Lich also praised the group’s efforts in
supplying high-tech equipment to the army, helping ease reliance on imports and
ensure information security.

Sharing Lich’s views, Minister of Information
and Telecommunications Truong Minh Tuan said Viettel is one of the enterprises
significantly contributing to cyber security in Vietnam.

Viettel is the first Vietnamese telecom firm to
invest abroad and export services, he said, lauding the group’s noted
contributions to national gross domestic product (GDP) as well as its brand
name in the international market. 

Minister of Science and Technology Chu Ngoc Anh
said Viettel has been named in the top 100 most valued telecom companies
worldwide, highlighting its outstanding achievements in launching 4G services,
with 36,000 4G stations installed. 

According to Viettel Director General Major
General Nguyen Manh Hung, Viettel aims to become a strong global industrial and
telecom group by 2020, focusing on telecommunications, foreign investment,
market expansion, high technology and cyber security. 

General Lich stressed that joining economic
development is one of the tasks and functions set for the army. 

Therefore, Viettel needs to pour more investment
into building broadband telecom infrastructure with 4G as the focus in order to
create a foundation for the country to engage in the fourth industrial
revolution, he noted. 

At the same time, Viettel should pay more heed
to producing telecom electronic equipment, he said, asking the group to replace
imported core network equipment with the ones it makes by 2018.

A high-tech defence industrial complex is being
shaped by Viettel, which is expected to remarkably contribute to army
modernisation and national defence, he said. 

Lich also asked the group to step up the
research and production of equipment and weapons in order to meet demands of
the army as best as possible while continuing to invest overseas in the field
of telecommunications, with priority given to neighbouring countries and other
ASEAN nations, gearing towards a stronger and more prestigious brand name. 

Another task is to combine economic development
with national defence and turn the group into a model of State-owned
businesses, he said.-VNA

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