4G services: users complain about speed, accessibility

2017 is considered a 4G LTE boom in Vietnam as three big operators, VNPT, Mobifone and Viettel, got licensed by the Ministry of Information and Communications to establish public telecommunication networks and provide 4G telecommunication services. The 4G race has officially exploded this year, promising a strong rivalry among operators to bring consumers high-speed, best quality 4G LTE experiences to customers. This information was released at the 4G LTE International Symposium and Exhibition on “4G LTE service diversification towards enhancing efficiency of consumer satisfaction” jointly held by the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Vietnam Internet Association and International Data Group (IDG). Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Hong Hai said that 2017 is a good time to vigorously deploy 4G networks in Vietnam, enabling the booming development of 4G services. Being aware that the 4G LTE development plays an important role in the digital era, the Ministry of Information and Communications planned to allow telecom firms in Vietnam to test next-generation mobile technology, 4G, as early as 2010. 4G deployment is an important turning point for Vietnam's telecom market, he said. With connectivity speed and increased data access, traditional internet services will be quickly changed to meet user needs anytime, anywhere. A number of other services or applications will be developed such as IoT services and SmartCity applications. According to reports from network operators, as many as 43,000 4G transmission stations have been installed nationwide, covering…... [read more]

Despite making VND12.23 trillion ($538 million) in the last two years, FPT Telecom continues to make excuses and avoid paying its contribution to the Public-Utility Telecommunication Services Fund.   RELATED CONTENTS: Gov’t to tighten mobile service regulations FPT Telecom closes music streaming site Clients may benefit as FPT, Viettel offer pay TV FPT the sole skimper A report by the Public-Utility Telecommunication Services Fund shows that from 2015 to June 2017, telecommunications operators have contributed VND4.1 trillion ($180.36 million). In 2015, 28 out of 29 companies completed their financial obligations to the fund. However, FPT Telecom JSC did not register a plan, report its financial data nor complete its payment, and only contributed a temporary payment of  VND210 million ($9,238). In 2015, 27 telecommunication companies registered and completed their contributions to the fund in the first six months. FPT Telecom is the only one that has not reported its data and registered its contribution as per regulations. According to the fund’s representative, since FPT has not reported its earnings from telecommunications services, the fund has not been able to determine the exact amount it owes. However, with a revenue of VND5.57 trillion ($245 million) in 2015 and VND6.66 trillion ($293 million) in 2016, that amount is sure to be much larger than their temporary payment. Despite huge revenue, FPT Telecom is the only company…... [read more]

Some 43,000 4G BTS stations have been deployed nationwide, covering 95 per cent of Vietnam’s population, the 4G LTE 2017 International Conference, organized by the Vietnam Internet Association in cooperation with the IDG International Data Group Vietnam on July 27, was told. The conference was a forum for discussions on the opportunities and difficulties facing the roadmap for building and developing the 4G LTE network in Vietnam. Those in attendance also heard international lessons and were introduced to scientific management mechanisms and breakthrough technology solutions to maximize the potential of the 4G LTE network. Evaluating the development of 4G LTE will play an important role in the modern connected era, and the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) has permitted telecom enterprises in Vietnam to test next generation mobile networks since 2010. MoIC licensed 4G telecoms companies on the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz bands in 2016. There are now four officially licensed enterprises: Viettel, Vinaphone, MobiFone, and Gmobile. Viettel, Vinaphone, and MobiFone have already launched 4G LTE services. Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Hong Hai told the conference that now is a good time to launch 4G networks in the country, which will create opportunities for explosive growth in 4G services. With the speed of connectivity and increased data access, traditional internet services are rapidly moving to modern networks to meet user needs 24/7. “Many services and applications will develop, such as services for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities,” he added. “These bring revenue…... [read more]

Fourth generation (4G) mobile phone services are expected to see a strong development in the country this year, accelerating the completion of national programmes such as e-Government, Smart City and Smart Agriculture, said Pham Hong Hai, deputy minister of Information and Communication (MIC). Fourth generation (4G) mobile phone services are expected to see a strong development in the country this year, accelerating the completion of national programmes such as e-Government, Smart City and Smart Agriculture. Hải told the 4G international conference held in Hanoi on Thursday that domestic telecom providers have installed 43,000 base transceiver stations (BTSs), which are able to provide 4G services to 95 per cent of the country’s population. Vietnam has 6.3 million subscribers using 4G SIM. “The implementation of 4G has been an important turning point for Vietnam’s telecom market,” he said. He added that with the increase of connection speed and data, the traditional internet services would change fast. In addition, a range of new services and applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City, would be developed based on 4G foundation. The ministry granted licences to the country’s four big telecom providers to launch 4G based on LTE and LTE-Adv technologies at the end of 2016. The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) planned to bring nearly 15,000 4G BTSs into operation this year to cover central areas of 63 cities and provinces. The military-run telecom group, Viettel inaugurated 4G services nationwide in April with 36,000 BTSs. MobiFone Telecommunications Corporation built 4,500…... [read more]

NDO – Vietnam’s telecommunication carriers have installed approximately 43,000 base transceiver stations (BTS) of fourth generation (4G) technology across the country, covering an estimated 95% of the country’s population. The news was announced at an international conference on 4G long-term evolution (LTE) held in Hanoi on July 27 by the Vietnam Internet Association, the International Data Group (IDG) Vietnam, and the Ministry of Information and Communication. Under the theme ‘4G LTE service diversification towards enhancing efficiency and customers’ satisfaction’, the conference brought together more than 400 experts, managers and representatives of agencies, organisations and firms operating in the telecommunication market. The participants discussed both opportunities and challenges facing Vietnam during its roadmap in building and developing 4G LTE technology, which refers to the wireless communication of high-speed data used by mobile phones and data terminals. They also shared lessons learnt from the international community in managing 4G LTE technology as well as solutions to fully unlock the potential of advanced technology in Vietnam. Being aware of the important role of 4G LTE in connecting the world, in late 2016, the Ministry of Information and Communications licensed four telecommunication carriers, including Viettel, VinaPhone, MobiFone and Gmobile, to establish the network and provide 4G LTE-Advanced public land mobile telecommunication services. Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Pham Hong Hai said that 2017 has seen significant development of 4G technology in Vietnam, which will create favourable opportunities for the growth of 4G services. It will not only benefit telecommunication carriers…... [read more]

They examined how to integrate information security into all dimensions of the business – technology, processes, and behaviours. They also looked at a security and risk management roadmap to support business growth, and methods to measure the value of a business’s information security programmes. They were keen on insightful discussion that keeps governmental agencies, organizations, and businesses updated with leading-edge technology trends and effective information security and risk management solutions to drive strong but yet secured business growth. Security World 2014, themed “Align your information security programs to enable business growth”, aimed to build an effective business networking platform that connects communications and information officials (CIOs), communication security officials (CSOs), and information technology (IT) professionals to discuss and share information security initiatives. Alongside the conference, an exhibition also took place, creating a venue for leading technology corporations to showcase their state-of-the-art security services and solutions in network security, cloud security, identity management, and access control. Security World 2014 is co-organized by General Department of Logistics & Technology - Ministry of Public Security, Vietnam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) - Ministry of Information & Communications, Vietnam Internet Association, and International Data Group (IDG). According to Kaspersky Security Bulletin 2013, Vietnam was among top countries with highest cyber security threats, ranking 8th in the top 10 rating of leading malware online sources, 6th in top 20 countries with the highest risk of computer infection via internet. The country was placed first in terms of local computer infection levels. Such alarming statistics required…... [read more]

(CPV) - The Vietnam Internet Association on December 21st, 2016, organised the 5th Internet Day titled “How digital content contributes to Internet economy”, drawing the participation of over 500 local and foreign representatives. Under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), and main sponsor VNG Company, the event emphasized that a digital economy is an inevitable step for development as the traditional economy is being saturated. According to Mr Nguyen Thanh Hung, MoIC Deputy Minister, the wide application of information technology (IT) in all activities of a digital economy would bring high profits; some countries have defined the digital economy as a new developmental driving force for their socio-economic growth and development, as well as enhancing the national competitive capacity on a global scale. In recent years, the digital content industry in Vietnam has seen remarkable development, playing a more important role in the country’s IT sector. The revenue of the digital content industry increased from USD480 million to USD1.4 billion in the 2008-2014 period with a yearly growth rate of about 20%. The country’s digital content industry attracted more than 4,500 enterprises, creating 70,000 jobs. Until now, Vietnam has built a diverse digital content industry, including online products for education, entertainment and content for mobile devices, Hung said. Besides current search engines Google, Zalo, fb, zing.vn, some “marketable products” such as Lazada, tiki.vn, uber and grab taxi will continue become major trends of development. During his speech, CEO VNG Le Hong Minh said that since 2010,…... [read more]

The wide application of information technology (IT) in all activities of a digital economy would bring high profits, he said. "Many countries have defined the digital economy as a new developmental driving force for their socio-economic growth and development, as well as enhancing the national competitive capacity on a global scale," Hưng said. In recent years, the digital content industry in Vietnam has seen remarkable development, playing a more important role in the country's IT sector. The revenue of the digital content industry increased from US$480 million to $1.4 billion in the 2008-2014 period with a yearly growth rate of about 20%. The country's digital content industry attracted more than 4,500 enterprises, creating 70,000 jobs. Until now, Vietnam has built a diverse digital content industry, including online products for education, entertainment and content for mobile devices, Hưng said. The deputy minister said that the digital economy industry would create favourable conditions to boost and develop the digital content industry to become a key sector of the country's IT industry. With advantages such as young human resources, competitive labor costs, a sharp increase in smart phones and 3G subscriptions and a developing Internet infrastructure, Vietnam was evaluated as one of the potential markets of the digital industry, said Hung. "This is also an opportunity for Vietnamese companies to join the global supply chain of the digital economy in general and digital content supply chain in particular", he added. However, the deputy minister emphasised that the result was not proportional with the…... [read more]

(VOVworld) – Experts said Vietnam’s digital sector has focused more on communications and entertainment rather than education and e-commerce. At a seminar held by the Vietnam Internet Association in Hanoi on Wednesday, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Nguyen Thanh Hung, said IT application in all economic areas has created an efficient digital economy without boundaries and led to higher profits. A digital economy will generate more opportunities to turn the digital industry into a spearhead sector: “In order to promote Vietnam’s advantages, network providers have to change their thinking, improve infrastructure, and create more conditions for digital enterprises to develop.”... [read more]

Held jointly by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Programme, the Vietnam Internet Association (VIA), the Vietnam E-commerce Association (VECOM) and VPBank, the event aims to respond to the Global Startup Week, which is taking place from November 14-20, 2016 in 160 countries with the participation of 10 million people. Delegates at the forum discussed the development of Vietnam’s startup ecosystem, providing services for startup development and startup trends in Vietnam and around the globe and sharing successful startup models. According to Vo Tan Thanh, Vice Chairman of the VCCI, the Party and State always highly appreciate entrepreneurs’ role in society, considering the private sector an important driving force for economic development. Currently, there are about 600,000 active businesses and over 4 million individual household businesses making significant contributions to the country’s development. By 2020, Vietnam aims to have 1 million businesses, of which 500,000 will be in Ho Chi Minh City and 300,000 others will be in Hanoi; the private economic sector’s contributions should account for at least 45% of GDP and 48-49% of total social investment capital. Thanh said that the VCCI was tasked with creating a fair and transparent business environment while facilitating enterprises in the process of international economic integration. For startups, the VCCI is the thirteenth partner of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, so it has undertaken various activities to support startups in the country. Jessica Hilston, a startup expert from the United States, said that the most important thing…... [read more]




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