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66 technologies win national creativity prize

In Vietnam Science on January 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

The Vietnam Fund for Supporting Technological Creations honored 66 winners of its 10th competition for technical creativity at a function held at the Hanoi Opera House January 19.








The awards ceremony for the 10th technical creativity competition was held at Hanoi’s Opera House January 19.

It gave away six first prizes and 12 second, 18 third, and 30 consolation prizes. The first-prize winners also received certificates of merit awarded by the Prime Minister’s Office.
 
A total of 441 scientific works were entered in this year’s competition in six areas — information technology-electronics-telecommunications; agriculture-forestry-fisheries-environmental resources; material-chemical-energy; automation -construction-transport; medicine; and education.
 
At the ceremony, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) also conferred awards on two individuals and a group for their research in industrial production.
 
Dr. Francis Gurry, the WIPO’s visiting general director, gave away the awards.
 
At a meeting the same day he told Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung that Vietnam, with its growth rate, would see a boom in intellectual property as a result of local demand and foreign investment.
 
So it is necessary to improve its IP-related agencies, he said.


IP has made important contributions to the country’s socioeconomic development, he said.


Vietnam has rightly assessed the importance of protecting IP and made successful efforts in this regard, he said, adding he valued the country’s cooperation with the WIPO.


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Local engineer produces 2-in-1 ‘tomato potato plant’

In Vietnam Science on January 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Nguyen Thi Trang Nha, a young engineer from central Dat Lat City, has successfully developed a plant variety which can grow both tomatoes and potatoes.









A tomato-potato plant developed by an engineer in central Da Lat City. The species, which produces tomatoes on the top and potatoes on the bottom, was created by grafting the two plant types together. (Photo: SGGP)


Nha grafted the top of a tomato plant onto the foot of a potato plant and the resulting species proved capable of producing both types of produce.


Planting the tomato-potato breed is also more efficient as growers can produce more vegetables in a small area, said Nha.


In addition, tomatoes and potatoes would no longer have to be planted separately, saving time and taking better advantage of limited land.


Nha said growers could expect to earn VND6-17 million (US$315-895) per hectare from the crop, more than what can be earned from cultivating the produce separately. 


The project was implemented over two years when Nha was a student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Agriculture and Forestry. The plants were then tested in Da Lat.


Nha said that she was still continuing her research to one day provide the new type of plant to farmers on a larger scale.


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40 percent of telecom towers yet to be evaluated for safety

In Vietnam Science on January 15, 2010 at 9:16 am








A base transceiver station. (File photo)

Nearly 40 percent of base transceiver stations (BTS) erected by telecom companies have not had their safety assessed, the Ministry of Information and Communications admitted at a conference held in Hanoi January 14.


There are more than 42,000 BTSs around the country of which 26,000 have been evaluated and only 790 announced they met the ministry’s safety and technical standards. The other 16,000 claimed they have either “forgotten” to announce the results or are in the process of doing it.
 
This had sparked off public protests against construction of the stations.


In the past, many telecom firms built the stations without getting permission or even informing local authorities, and did not bother to test their safety after erection.


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VSTV launches new satellite broadcasting service

In Vietnam Science on January 13, 2010 at 8:33 am

Vietnam Satellite Digital Television (VSTV), a joint venture of Vietnam Television (VTV) and the Canal + Group in France, officially launched a new satellite TV service called “K+” on January 12 in Hanoi.









Logo of the new satellite TV service called “K+”.


The new service is the largest of its kind in Vietnam.


K+ will broadcast nearly 60 channels dedicated to entertainment, movies and sports.


The satellite TV service will also broadcast its own “K+” programs and be the exclusive broadcaster of several high-profile Champions League, UEFA, French, and Spanish football matches among others.


Most K+ channels will be dubbed in Vietnamese or have Vietnamese subtitles.


VTV is the leading satellite TV service Direct to Home (DTH) operator in the country. By partnering with the experienced operator, VSTV will be able to design and supply a host of new channel packages with Vietnamese appeal.


Employing the latest in satellite technology, VSTV says it will ensure high-quality visual and audio features in its channel packages throughout the country.


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MobiFone commercializes 3G services

In Vietnam Science on December 16, 2009 at 10:29 am









Mobile phone network MobiFone officially launched 3G services in Vietnam on Dec. 15, becoming the second 3G provider after VinaPhone.


MobiFone says it introduces four key services namely Video Call, Mobile Internet, Mobile TV and Mobile Broadband fast connect.


The network uses HSDPA technology that allows its customers to access to the Internet, emails or download at a speed of 7.2Mbps. In addition, MobiFone has signed 3G roaming deals with over 50 3G networks all over the world.


The operator also started providing WAP service at wap.mobifone.com.vn.


In a related development, the military-run operator Viettel said it launched trial 3G service in 17 cities and provinces this month in preparation for commercializing 3G services early next year.


Viettel first launched trial 3G service in Ho Chi Minh City in October, and has now expanded the service to Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Can Tho in the south, together with some northern provinces.


Viettel has plans to invest almost VND12.8 trillion within three years to construct 3G infrastructure and services.


In October, VinaPhone became Vietnam’s first network to commercialize 3G services.


At present, other networks like Vietnamobile, Beeline and S-Fone are seeking to launch new value added services and improve service quality.


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Vietnamobile introduces 2 low-priced packages

In Vietnam Science on December 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm








A mobile phone user (R) reads to know about Vietnamobile services in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Khanh Van)

Mobile network Vietnamobile on Monday launched two cost-saving packages for calls and SMS inside the network.


The packages, called Maxi 18 and Maxi 24, are available to subscribers nationwide.


Maxi 24, which requires a registration fee of VND8,000 (less than US$0.5), allows users to make calls and send SMS all day long until midnight. Deputy CEO Nguyen Xuan Quan said the package was designed to target subscribers who need to communicate up to 6 hours in a day.


For those who need to communicate during the day time up to 6 pm, Maxi 18 is the package of choice to help them save money, Mr. Quan said.


Maxi 18 allows users to make on-net calls for free up to 3 hours till 6 pm. The registration fee is VND5,000.


“We have developed Maxi based on the feedback received from our customers,” he said.


Vietnamobile is a partnership between Hutchison Telecommunications International and local operator Hanoi Telecom. The GSM network, which was launched April this year, partners with global network suppliers Ericsson and Huawei.


In a press release issued on Nov. 9 in Hong Kong, Hutchison Telecom said its Vietnam operation reported a sound quarterly growth of 63.3% to a customer base of 1.02 million from the beginning of July to the end of September. The announcement said over 1,100 base stations were added in Vietnam in the third quarter, taking the number of base stations on air to 2,600.


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SGGP news now available on mobile phones

In Vietnam Science on November 30, 2009 at 4:08 am

Sai Gon Giai Phong (SGGP) readers can now receive the latest news via their mobile phones.








Viettel subscribers can now receive the latest SGGP’s news via their mobile phones.

The Mobile SGGP Newspaper service allows mobile phone users to download SGGP news and send stories to their friends.


The service is provided by Viettel mobile in conjunction with SGGP newspaper.


Viettel subscribers will receive news updates in the afternoon and evening through the multimedia message (MMS) feature.


Subscribers must register and pay for GPRS, and have a mobile phone able to use MMS.


The service fee is VND15,000 per month. For customers who register from the 21st of the month onwards, the fee is just VND7,800 until the end of the month.
 
To access the service, subscribers send a message using DK (space) SGGP to the number 9222.


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Developing human resources critical to IT growth: experts

In Vietnam Science on November 27, 2009 at 2:22 am

The National Instruction Board for Information Technology convened a meeting November 25 in Hanoi to discuss developing Vietnam’s information technology. Human resources in the sector should be prioritized, experts agreed.


Professor Vu Minh Giang from Hanoi said it was critical for the government to develop personnel resources to strengthen the field. The president of the National Instruction Board for Information Technology, Prof. Do Trung Ta from Hanoi, agreed, saying that it was even more important than developing IT infrastructure in the country.








Information technology students study at FPT University in Hanoi. The government needs to focus on training more quality IT personnel, a recent meeting heard.

Participants said it was wise for the government to focus on the burgeoning IT sector and that Vietnam had received recognition for its strength in the field.


However, there is much room for improvement, the meeting heard, and the IT sector must be analyzed in terms of strategic socioeconomic growth to 2020.


Discussing a project to fortify the country’s IT, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan said the allocation of funds for the project was unreasonable.


Total funding for the project is estimated at VND144 trillion (US$7, 8 billion), of which VND131 trillion (US$7 billion) (91 percent), is allocated for implementing broadband infrastructure. The remaining VND210 billion is slated for developing human resources.


The divisions should receive equal funding, he said. IT experts at the meeting agreed, saying the actual cost of developing a strong human resources sector to 2020 is closer to US$1-2 billion.


Following the meeting, a proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Information and Communications, and policymakers, outlining the strategy and projected costs of the project.


In addition, Prof. Ta said the project should focus on training and foreign language skills rather than simply churning out large numbers of IT graduates. Furthermore, the government should concentrate on integrating IT into other fields like security and national defense, rather than treating it as an exclusive sector.


If the project is successful, it will be a boost to the country’s socioeconomic development to 2020, said Prof. Ta. Moreover, the implementation of the project must have the participation of ministries like Science and Technology, Education and Training, Planning and Investment, and Finance in addition to the Ministry of Information and Communications.


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Vietnam Techmart earns $94m

In Vietnam Science on November 15, 2009 at 2:32 pm








Minister of Science and Technology Hoang Van Phong (3rd, L) gives gold cups to organizations, individuals and companies at the closing ceremony of Techmart Vietnam ASEAN+3 in Hanoi (Photo: Vnexpress)

About 2,000 contracts and memoranda for technologies and devices, worth over VND1.7 trillion (US$94 million), were signed at Techmart Vietnam ASEAN+3, the Ministry of Science and Technology said November 13.


Techmart took place between September 17 and 20, with the participation of 49 stalls from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Laos, China, South Korea, and Japan. About 200,000 visitors attended.


Also present at the mart were domestic institutes, universities and science research centers in four main fields, including information technology and communications, power, natural disaster prevention and food processing, as well as ten State-grade science and technology programs with 106 projects.


The ministry had awarded gold cups to the 114 most excellent technologies out of 300,000 items, including technologies, equipment, software and services.


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VNPT launches new internet TV service

In Vietnam Science on September 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm

The Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) on Sept. 28 officially launched its MyTV service, which uses IPTV- base technology (Internet Protocol Television).








At the launch of MyTV, an internet TV service which uses IPTV-base technology

TV signals are changed to IP signals and then transmitted through VNPT’s ADSL network to the STB (set-top-box) subscriber’s terminal.


MyTV is able to provide many services including TV and radio broadcasts and especially on demand services such as music videos, TV, games, karaoke, and advertising.


MyTV subscribers also have access to telephone and internet services as well as shopping channels.


At first the MyTV service will be available to subscribers in the major cities of Hanoi , Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City . VNPT will expand the service nationwide in October.


Speaking at the launching ceremony in Hanoi , VNPT’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Pham Long Tran stated that the launch of this new service illustrates the efforts VNPT is making to diversify services for its customers.


He forecast that with the strong development of broadband internet networks and the high demand for entertainment, the MyTV service would “boom” in Vietnam in the near future.


First established in 2006, VNPT has become the country’s largest post and telecoms operator, taking up to 70 percent of the country’s telecoms market.


As of August, VNPT had 62.4 million telephone subscribers, including 50.6 million mobile phone users.


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