Viettel increases broadband speed across Viet Nam

At the council’s second plenary session in Hanoi on November 25, Minister of Information and Communications (MoIC) Le Doan Hop proposed four strategic measures to make Vietnam a strong ICT nation including improving infrastructure for broadband services, training human resources in ICT for the development of the e-Government and e-citizen models, completing the e-Government project and focusing on ICT production. Mr. Hop also emphasised the two main targets of setting up ICT corporations to meet the country’s demand and penetrating the global market in order to make Vietnam become one of the world’s top ICT nations in the near future. Many experts wanted the MoIC’s project to be carefully considered before submitting it to the Prime Minister for consideration. Although the ICT sector has had great achievements in recent years, hardware production does not meet the domestic demand and this is considered an obstacle for the development of Vietnam’s ICT industry. Dr. Do Trung Ta, NCSTP’s chairman, said Vietnam should attach greater importance to building brand names in ICT as well as promoting the images of Vietnam’s ICT with high-quality products and services.... [read more]

The programme will provide teachers, students and schools in Ho Chi Minh City with low-priced laptops accompanied with Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) services. This is part of a cooperation signed between Intel and the Ministry of Education and Training in April 2009, which aims to modernise Vietnam’s educational sector and increase the number of computer users in HCM City. Under the programme, CMS laptops will be sold at a price that is VND800,000 lower than the market price. Targeted customers will enjoy VNPT’s broadband service package with discounts of up to 80 percent for schools and 30 percent for teachers. The discounts will be applied at VNPT’s 30 retail shops and 200 agents in the city. On the occasion, VNPT presented two computer labs to two secondary schools in Cu Chi and Can Gio districts, each equipped with ten computers using Intel’s microprocessors.... [read more]

Phan Hoang Duc, VNPT Deputy Director General, said VNPT Week aims to review the development of IT in Vietnam and improve the group’s customer service and social welfare activities. The highlights of the event are a photo exhibition on information in daily life and a conference on telecommunications and IT services in the health sector, introducing solutions for video conferencing and tele-treatment in a number of hospitals. VNPT Week will also feature the awards for the Nhan Tai Dat Viet (Vietnamese National Talent) competition honoring young programmers and recognizing their contributions to science and medicine in the country. The contest attracted 204 products, 65 of which are already being applied in daily life. In addition, the Vietnam International Communications Summit and Expo 2011 (Vietnam Comm 2011) will also be held as part of the event, discussing various topics such as the current status, potential and cooperation opportunities in the telecommunications and IT industry in Vietnam; IT applications for telecom services; and IT in e-government, health, education and public services; as well as the internet, satellite and broadband services; the 3G market situation; and opportunities and challenges for 4G networks in Vietnam.... [read more]

Company representatives said Viettel would invest hundreds of millions of US dollars abroad. Viettel is now one of the leading mobile phone providers in Cambodia and Laos in terms of network infrastructure and subscriber numbers. The group has invested heavily in cable networks and broadband services. According to its report to the Ministry of Information and Communications, its turnover last year reached VND60 trillion (US$3.3 billion), an increase of 80 percent in 2008. The company is holding 42 percent of Vietnam’s telecom market share. The group also ranks fourth in the country in terms of income. Last year, its pre-tax profit was VND10 trillion (US$555 million), contributing VND7 trillion (US$388 million) to the State budget. Its foreign investment has doubled in terms of network and turnover.... [read more]

Tong Viet Trung, Deputy General Director of Viettel, said that the capital will be spent on building mobile network infrastructure and improving the fixed line network in Haiti Work on the mobile network infrastructure is scheduled to start in October with over 1,000 base transmission stations to be built so that mobile phone services can be launched in the first quarter of 2011. According to Viettel, the Haitian telecom market is promising because there are currently only two mobile telecom providers in this country. Earlier, Viettel signed a deal to buy 60 percent of shares of Telecom Company in Haiti worth US$99 million. Under this agreement, Viettel will be allowed to provide services in wireless fixed telephone, international sea optical cables, WiMAX wireless bandwidth and mobile phone. Besides Laos, Cambodia and Haiti, Viettel is expanding investment in many countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, focusing on mobile telecom and Internet broadband services which are Viettel’s strength. In another development, Metfone, the Cambodia-based affiliate of the military-run Viettel Corporation, has been honoured as the most promising service provider of the year by the international business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The prize, included in the Frost & Sullivan Asia -Pacific ICT Award, reflects the international recognisation of Viettel’s development in the newly emerging market.... [read more]

The agreement was reached during meetings in Phnom Penh on December 3 between Heng Samrin, Chairman of the Cambodia National Assembly, Tep Ngon, Vice President of the Senate, and Huynh Ngoc Son, visiting Vice Chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly. Son is currently leading a Vietnamese delegation on a visit to Cambodia at the invitation of Heng Samrin. The hosts appreciated the fruitful cooperation and valuable assistance the Vietnam National Assembly has provided to its Cambodian counterpart over the years, noting that such cooperation has testified to the solidarity and fine friendship between the two nations. In the morning, Heng Samrin and Huynh Ngoc Son cut the red ribbon, marking the completion of an information technology project, a gift that the Vietnam National Assembly has presented to its Cambodian side. The project, costing more than US$1 million, comprises a computerized network using the Internet broadband service, an E-Office for 500 account users, and IT transfer and training. During his stay from December 2-4, Son laid a wreath at the Volunteer Vietnamese Soldiers Monument in Phnom Penh and visited the Vietnamese Embassy there.... [read more]

An array of telecommunication firms have been licensed to provide services based on the new technology, which, according to experts, has brought operators back to the starting line and offers an opportunity for many carriers to make breakthroughs. New opportunity, new battle In late October, Minister of Information and Communications Truong Minh Tuan licensed four telecommunication carriers, including Viettel, VinaPhone, MobiFone and Gmobile, to establish the network and provide 4G LTE-Advanced public land mobile telecommunication services. After nearly a year of trials, these operators have officially been permitted to offer 4G services. As commented by many experts, Vietnam’s telecommunication market has become saturated with the number of mobile subscribers exceeding the population. Meanwhile, the three largest operators are accounting for about 95% of market shares. Given that fact, 4G will be an opportunity for both large and small-sized mobile network carriers to change the current market share balance. Luong Manh Hoang, chief executive officer of VNPT-VinaPhone (under the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group - VNPT), said that VNPT identified 4G as an opportunity for breakthroughs, serving the short-term goal of reclaiming the firm’s second place in the mobile network market with about 33% of subscriber market shares. 4G puts all operators on the same starting line and success will come to those who make the best use of the opportunities offered. VNPT has demonstrated its determination by officially commercialising 4G just one week after being granted with the license. Chairman of the Council of Members of VNPT Tran Manh Hung…... [read more]

FPT Telecom declares pilot WiMAX a success By Hien Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - FPT Telecom last week declared that it has successfully trialed Mobile WiMAX 2.3Ghz project, bringing it many chances in developing and providing the broadband services using WiMAX technology. This trial project was conducted to evaluate performance of IEEE802.16e standard (Mobile WiMAX) under 2.3 Ghz spectrums. A variety of the wireless broadband applications have successfully been realized for users with the stable in-vehicle access while driving in the urban area of Hanoi, such as high speed internet access, video streaming, data transferring, voice over IP and video call among others over mobile WiMAX, instead of deploying the optical/copper cable. This trial was conducted with the technical support of NEC Corporation, under the coordination by Mitsubishi Corporation. Nguyen Dinh Hung, deputy general director of FPT Telecom, said that the successful trial would help FPT bundle all services into a single connection and improve its services. Last week, the Ministry of Information and Communication said that the ministry would revalue the results of Wimax pilot projects implemented by local telecom providers and would decide to commercialize it next time. Up to date, the ministry has given permission to VDC, EVN Telecom, Viettel and VTC to pilot the technology. FPT Telecom is a member of FPT Corporation, a listed ICT total solution supplier in Vietnam recognized as the second largest ISP in the country. FPT Telecom JSC currently holds 33% of broadband internet access market share, with…... [read more]

Speed of internet connections counts By Thuy Linh - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI - Whatever telecom technology is, it is all about how fast internet access is, local businesses were told. Saiful Hidayat from Indonesian telecoms provider PT Telekomunikasi said on Wednesday that for most of his company's six million users who had subscribed to the third generation, or 3G, mobile phone service, high-speed internet access was important. Speaking at the opening of the two-day event, the second of its kind to be held so far in the country, Karan Henrik Ponnudurai from the Malaysian Celcom company said a massive increase in internet traffic had driven growth in this new technology worldwide. "It's pure internet access, nothing more, nothing less." In Vietnam, which has seen internet subscriptions leap by 100 times in nine years, conventional mobile technology like 2G is being challenged, an official said. Nguyen Phong Nha, deputy director general of the Department of Telecommunications of Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communication, said local businesses using 2G technology could provide slow internet access and mostly simple mobile services like text messaging. The increasing number of mobile service providers has also fueled the competition and thus driven prices down. Therefore, 3G is an alternative revenue source for local companies struggling for a share in the "saturated" traditional mobile service market, he said. Seven local operators have been licensed to provide 3G services and Vinaphone of the country's leading telecom company will be the first to launch the service later…... [read more]

IT White Book 2012 shows hardware makes big jump Van Oanh By Van Oanh - The Saigon Times Daily HANOI – This year’s White Book on IT and Telecom released by the Ministry of Information and Communications in Hanoi on Tuesday shows that the hardware segment grew by up to 100% in 2011. As per the White Book, despite the global economic downturn, the local IT and telecom industry still prospered and obtained many important achievements last year. Vietnam’s IT industry in 2011 expanded 79% against the previous year, attaining revenues of US$13.63 billion compared to US$7.63 billion of 2010. The hardware segment obtained total revenue of over US$11.32 billion, more than doubling the figure of the previous year. Meanwhile, the digital content and software segments grew slower, at 25% and 10% year-on-year respectively, attaining US$1.16 billion and US$1.17 billion. Nguyen Trong Duong, head of the IT Department under the Ministry of Information and Communications, attributed the strong hardware development to the completion of major production facilities by foreign-invested enterprises, who boosted production and export in the past year. As of late last year, the total number of telephone subscribers of the whole country reached nearly 137.5 million, including 10.2 million users of fixed telephones and 127.3 million subscribers of mobile phones. Meanwhile, the country last year had 30.5 million people using Internet services. The number of cell phone subscribers and Internet users recorded a sharp rise, averaging out at 31.3% and 14.64% respectively per annum over the past five…... [read more]

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