Domestic digital content firms ask for fair policies

The Viet Nam Software Association (VINASA) has launched a programme to choose Viet Nam’s top 50 IT companies 2017, aiming to honour the leading IT firms and connect promising partners inside and outside the country.— Photo vnexpress.net The Viet Nam Software Association (VINASA) has launched a programme to choose Viet Nam’s top 50 IT companies 2017, aiming to honour the leading IT firms and connect promising partners inside and outside the country. The programme will prioritise areas of digital transformation, Internet of Things (IoT) and new technology trends in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. According to the organising board, VINASA is receiving entries online at http://leadingitcompanies.com until August 12. Eligible companies must have been set up in Viet Nam and have been operating for at least three years.  Winners of the programme are scheduled to be announced on October 25-26 in HCM City within the framework of an international conference on smart cities and Japan IT Day 2017. In 2016, the programme honoured 20 enterprises in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and International Trade Office (ITO), along with 26 providers of IT solutions and services, and four digital content firms. The top 50 IT companies of Viet Nam 2016 were introduced at many world famous IT exhibitions and events. — VNS   ... [read more]

Hi-tech Shift To Vietnam By Thu Hien Japanese businesses are launching multiple investment promotions in Vietnam under the pressure of shifting investment overseas after the country has experienced the risks of natural disasters Years ago, only the hardware manufacturers invested in Vietnam, such as Canon, Toshiba or Fujitsu, but now the companies operating in the field of digital content, e-commerce and electronics retail sales are following the hardware firms to enter the market, creating a wave of “non-factory” investment in Vietnam. Expanding market From the beginning of 2011, the market of digital content services and e-commerce has always mentioned the name of NTT, a big Japanese investor in telecommunications, information technology and electronic payment.In August last year, Japan’s largest mobile service provider NTT DoCoMo, under NTT Telecom Group, announced to invest 1.4 billion yen, or VND370 billion, in VMG Media Group (VMG), a provider of content services for mobile phones. With this fund, NTT DoCoMo now holds a 25% stake in VMG, while the stake of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) falls from 36% to 29% and other founding shareholders from 64% to 46%.NTT DoCoMo considered the stake acquisition in VMG a springboard for the group to expand its market in Asia Pacific. In this year, NTT Docomo and VMG will focus on the development of payment solutions and e-commerce, customer services and new 3G-based mobile services. Together with NTT DoCoMo, another subsidiary of NTT Group, NTT Data, also announced to invest in VietUnion Online Services Corp. to make…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Developing the digital content industry has been a good policy, as it can take full advantage of Vietnamese workers’ competitive edge. But the industry faces issues that need to be addressed. The White Book published by the Ministry of Information and Communication shows that turnover from the digital content industry increased from $480 million to VND1.4 billion in 2008-2014, which means growth rate of 20 percent per annum. There are 4,500 businesses providing digital content products and services in the domestic market. The industry creates 70,000 jobs and productivity of $20,000 per head per annum. Every worker in the industry can receive $5,200 a year on average, the highest level among the three fields of information technology. Developing the digital content industry has been a good policy, as it can take full advantage of Vietnamese workers’ competitive edge. But the industry faces issues that need to be addressed. In the first period of development, 2003-2008, the market was dominated with digital content products on mobile networks such as ringtones, games, animations, wallpapers and the content via SMS and MMS. Nowadays, with strong development of internet infrastructure, digital products are getting more diverse, including PC games, mobile games, online music, educational digital content and online books. Experts believe that Vietnam is a promising land for digital content industry for two reasons. First, the total population of over 90 million and a high percentage of young people who have high demand for digital content. Second, the boom of the…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - More and more Vietnamese firms, especially technology startups, are registering their businesses in Singapore to avoid complicated administrative procedures in Vietnam. The CEO of an internet firm, who participated in the meeting, said that besides him, the managers of some other technology firms were also invited to the event and most of them either have, or are going, to set up companies in Singapore. Singapore is where many global companies such as Facebook, Google and Apple set up branches, offices and subsidiaries to oversee the companies’ South East Asian markets. More and more Vietnamese firms, especially technology startups, are registering their businesses in Singapore to avoid complicated administrative procedures in Vietnam. Analysts said that the wave of setting up businesses in Singapore began two years ago as businesses have realized the great advantages in setting head offices in the country. Many stories on how to set up and maintain businesses in Singapore are shared on social networks. With the advantage of providing services without borders, internet firms have the most favorable conditions to establish companies in Singapore. Most recently, an event on how to set up businesses in Singapore was organized on July 8 in HCM City by SHIELD and Alpha Business Solutions (ABS). The director of a digital content firm in Vietnam said Singapore is attractive because of its open business policies and modern management which allows businesses to compete in a healthy way. He also believes that it would be easier for Vietnamese businesses to…... [read more]

HCM City (VNA) – Two different awards, the Vietnam ICT Top 5 and Gold Medal Award, have been given to enterprises in the information and communication technologies sector to recognise their outstanding achievements. The Vietnam ICT Top 5 award honoured 24 companies in eight categories – Top ICT enterprises, Top Vietnamese computer brands, Top IT system integration providers, Top ICT retailers, Top digital content firms, Top software service providers, Top software export and outsourcing, and Top IT training providers. Twenty eight Gold Medals were given in nine categories: Vietnamese computer brand, IT system integration, retail, Internet, telecommunications, digital content, software development services, software and service exports, IT training and IT products, solutions and services for foreign enterprises. But since the awards were based purely on annual revenues, in some categories, there were multiple winners and in others, just one. Among the winners were CMC Corp, IDC Group, CMS, HPT, ROBO Technology Corp, WISCOM, CMC, Misa, FPT Software Co., Ltd, Phong Vu, Global CyberSoft Vietnam, and KMS Technology Vietnam. Given by the HCM City Computer Association (HCA), the annual awards aim to recognise, popularise, honour and encourage ICT firms and foster their competitiveness. HCA Deputy Chairman Le Trung Viet said some areas in the ICT sector such as software and software outsourcing and export are growing significantly in terms of revenues.-VNA... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Though a Vietnamese game firm has found that one of its products has been copied by a Chinese firm, it does not know what to do to claim its copyright. BKGM, a game developer, in November 2014 launched into the market the mobile game Halloween Nightmare running on Windows Phone operating system. The game immediately caught special attention from the gamers’ community with 50,000 downloads reported. Recently, the game developers found that a Chinese game firm copied Halloween Nightmare and posted the game in Chinese language on the internet. The game has become very popular in China with hundreds of downloads from Windows Store in China every day. According to BKGM, the game was developed by its 13 members, all are from Hanoi University. After a short time of hitting the market, it turned into Halloween Nightmare Adventure, distributed by Atom Boog, a Chinese firm. BKGM’s members, after checking the version distributed by Atom Boog, came to the conclusion that there was no big difference between the original Halloween Nightmare and Halloween Nightmare Adventure, except advert pieces and the Chinese language. This means that the product of BKGM’s has been "stolen" by Atom Boog for commercial purposes. However, having a product stolen has not been the worst thing to happen to BKGM. For a couple of weeks, BKGM made every effort to contact state agencies and ask for help to claim the game back. However, the agencies have not replied. Several experienced individuals in the Vietnamese game…... [read more]

HANOI  (VNS) — Viet Nam's leading internet providers and suppliers of network devices are bemoaning the slow implementation of Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) plans in the country. IPv6, which has an improved option mechanism over IPv4, increases the number of IP addresses and allows electronic devices to automatically configure factors for Internet connections. There is no specified standard for IPv6 in the country. Manufacturers and importers of network devices complained that a lot of obstacles continue to hinder implementation of the IPv6 plans. The state management agencies have not set up the technical standards, while the relevant agencies have not declared the preferential policies for the production and import of the devices compatible to IPv6. Meanwhile, digital content firms said the biggest hindrance is the incompatibility of the software apps with IPv6. Software developed by enterprises themselves account for up to 50 per cent of the total software being used in the information and telecommunication technology system. In Viet Nam, the Ministry of Information and Communications issued a three-phase national action plan for IPv6 in 2011. It consists of preparations in 2011-12, introduction between 2013 and 2015, and then transformation between 2016 and 2019. In May, 2015, a national IPv6 network was set up by VNNIC. However, the Viet Nam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT) still has not implemented the plan to provide IPv6 for access services. It has only tried IPv6 for and websites of the Ministry of Information and Communications. In October 2013, VNPT began deploying IPv6,…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The big enterprises such as Viettel, VNPT and FPT have been moving very slowly with their IPv6 plans, because the State has not released the required standards for IPv6. Network device manufacturers and importers complained that a lot of obstacles still exist that hinder the IPv6 plans. The state management agencies have not set up the technique standards, while relevant agencies have not declared the preferential policies for the production and import of the devices compatible to IPv6. Meanwhile, digital content firms said the biggest hindrance is the incompatibility of the software apps with IPv6. Meanwhile, the software developed by enterprises themselves account for up to 50 percent of the total software being used in the information and telecommunication technology system. According to the national taskforce in charge of pushing up the IPv6 implementation, the Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT) still has not set up the plan to provide IPv6 for access service. It has only tried IPv6 for vnpt.com.vn and mic.gov.vn websites of the Ministry of Information and Communication. In October 2013, VNPT began deploying IPv6 in reality, but in a small scaled network, just to assess the equipment efficiency and other features. Other big enterprises including FPT Telecom and Viettel have also moved ahead with the plan to try IPv6. Viettel has connected with the national IPv6 network and maintained the connections with nine international partners, including  HKIX, AKAMAI, HE, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo. The military telco has provided IPv6 connection services in a trial…... [read more]

Vietnam: 110 mln USD trade surplus with IndonesiaVietnam recorded a trade surplus of 110 million USD with Indonesia for the second consecutive year in 2012. Bilateral trade turnover reached 4.6 billion USD, a year-on-year decrease of 0.02 percent compared with 4.606 billion USD in 2011. Vietnam 's export revenue to Indonesia was 2.358 billion USD last year, a year-on-year decrease of 0.05 percent. Rice exports generated revenue of 458 million USD, telephones and electronic components generated 315 million USD. Vietnam imported 2.247 million USD of goods from Indonesia in 2012, including 232 million USD in paper, and 142 million USD in cooking oil. It also bought machines and components, chemicals, computers and electronic devices. The country recorded a trade surplus of 111 million USD with Indonesia in 2011.- Vietnam Airlines runs HCM City-Thanh Hoa route The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, officially launched the Ho Chi Minh City-central Thanh Hoa province air route, with the first flight landing Tho Xuan Airport, Thanh Hoa on February 5. With five flights using Airbus A321 per week, the air route, Vietnam Airlines' 39 th domestic one, is expected to meet increasing local travel demand, especially during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday. The route is hoped to help promote investment and socio-economic development in Thanh Hoa and the Northern Central region thanks to its link with Ho Chi Minh City , the country's largest economic hub. On the occasion, Vietnam Airlines also launched a promotional ticket programme for the route users. Before the…... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS)— While CMMi (capability maturity model integration) is helping software firms increase their competitive edges, the requirement for a CMMi certificate is a big obstacle for software firms. Most of the small and medium firms can't afford the $25,000 they have to outlay to get one and so they become second rate companies, with the bigger firms getting all State business, company leaders said. According to the Ministry of Information and Communication, CMMi would help software and digital content firms standardise production processes and quality management and help improve competitiveness. With more enterprises having CMMi, Viet Nam would become more competitive in the world market. Since 2010, the ministry has run the VND60 billion (US$2.8 million) State-funded project to support enterprises building up to apply the production process in accordance with CMMi standards. Every firm joining the project can send its staff to the CMMi training courses and receive the prop-ups of $25,000 to be spent on the building and implementing of production process in accordance with CMMi standards. Fourteen enterprises obtained CMMi certificates level 3 in 2010-12 and one obtained CMMi level 5 (TMA Solution). However, $25,000 only covered 50 per cent of the total businesses had to outlay to obtain a CMMi. Most small and medium enterprises could not afford the other $25,000, because they were small and medium in size. The CMMi once again came under the spotlight as the ministry made public the draft regulation on the procurements for State budget-funded projects. The draft…... [read more]




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