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Viettel wins investment license in Mozambique

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:07 am

Viettel wins investment license in Mozambique

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:36 (GMT+7)

PANO – Movitel, a joint venture between the Vietnamese Military Telecommunication Group (Viettel) and Mozambique’s SPI Invespar Company, has received an investment license in the African country, according to Viettel Group.

After receiving the license, Viettel sent a delegation to Mozambique to carry out large projects. Movitel plans to invest nearly 400 million USD to build its infrastructure with 4,500 2G base transceiver stations and 1,200 3G base transceiver stations to meet the demand for local people in all areas of the country.

Movitel plans will introduce many communication services with cheap prices in Mozambique. The company targets to be one of the largest telecom firms in the market after one year operation.

Mozambique is the fourth foreign country in which Viettel has invested, after Cambodia, Laos and Haiti.

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Google scrambles to save Internet license in China

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm

China is threatening to revoke Google’s business license over the company’s decision to redirect Chinese traffic to computers in Hong Kong that are not governed by the communist government’s censorship practices.

The latest skirmish between Beijing and the Internet search leader threatens to cripple the company in one of the Web’s biggest markets.

Google agreed Tuesday to dismantle the virtual bridge to its Hong site that was created in March, but it was unclear whether that will be enough to stay in business in China. The license is required for the company to continue providing its mapping and music services in China.

Google hopes to keep its license by turning its Chinese website into a so-called “landing page” anchored by a link that users must click on to send visitors to the Hong Kong search service. The company has no plans to revert back to its previous practice of omitting search results that the Chinese government considers subversive or pornographic.

“This new approach is consistent with our commitment not to self-censor and, we believe, with local law,” David Drummond, Google’s top lawyer, wrote in a blog post.

A foreign ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, said he had not seen Google’s announcement and could not comment on it. However, he added, “I would like to stress that the Chinese government encourages foreign enterprises to operate in China according to law.”

In this April 12, 2006 file photo, Chinese poke their heads through a Google logo shortly after Google debuts its Chinese Language brand name in the Beijing Hotel in Beijing.

The impasse could drag on for months, analysts predicted, as both Google and the Chinese government jostle in a heavyweight wrestling match unfolding on an international stage.

Google Inc. announced in January that it would no longer comply with Chinese censorship after being hit by a hacking attack traced to China. The high-profile challenge irritated Chinese leaders, even though they want foreign companies to help develop the country’s technology industry.

Google met a Wednesday deadline to apply to renew its Internet license in China. It’s not clear how long the Chinese government will take to review the application, but BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects the company “to twist in the wind for a while.”

Google’s uncertain fate in China could become a distraction for management, but it’s one that is probably worth the trouble, said Gartner Inc. analyst Whit Andrews.

That’s because China already has about 400 million people online, making it the world’s largest Internet market, and that figure is expected to steadily grow for decades to come.

“Google knows its shareholders think it’s important to be in China, and a lot of its future value is riding on that,” Andrews said. And China’s government knows it has to flex its muscle because “if it looks like Google is running the show, it could affect their power.”

Google shares fell $17.82, or nearly 4 percent, to $454.26 on a rough day throughout the stock market.

China has not produced a big windfall for Google yet, partly because it’s one of the few markets where the company’s search engine is not the most popular. (The homegrown holds a 60 percent share compared with about 30 percent for Google.)

Analysts estimate Google gets $250 million to $600 million in annual revenue from China, or about 1 percent to 2 percent of its total revenue.

Even if Chinese regulators approve Google’s new navigation tool, the added click to reach Hong Kong could still drive away some users.

If that were to happen, “then advertisers will panic and cut spending,” said Edward Yu, president of Analysys International, an Internet research firm in Beijing.

Google could still remain in China even if the government pulls the plug on its website in that country. The company has indicated it would like to retain its engineering staff in China to take advantage of the country’s technology talent and to maintain a sales force that also sells ads to Chinese businesses trying to reach customers outside the country.

If is shut down, mainland Chinese users could still reach Google’s services by manually typing in the address of the Hong Kong site. But China’s government could also use its own technology tools, sometimes called a “Great Firewall,” to prevent its citizens from connecting to Google’s sites outside the country.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company launched its China-based site in 2006 after Chinese government filters blocked many users from reaching the company’s U.S. site.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam revokes Viva Macau Airlines’ license

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 at 7:17 am

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has cancelled the operating license of Viva Macau, which suspended its flights to the country on weekend, as Macau’s aviation regulator had revoked the low cost carrier’s license.

“The Civil Aviation Authority received an announcement from the Macau regulator of revoking Viva Macau’s air operator certificate in the afternoon of March 29. Based on this, the authority decided to revoke the airline’s license,” Mr. Vo Huy Cuong, transportation chief at the authority, was quoted by newspaper VNExpress on Tuesday.

“We’ll reinstate the license when the Macau regulator returns the air operator certificate to the airline,” he was also quoted.
The Macau Civil Aviation Authority said Sunday it had cancelled the airline’s operating license, and suspended all its flights on Friday, Mar. 26.

Viva Macau CEO Dr. Reg Macdonald publicizes the airline’s new ticket office in Ho Chi Minh City in December 2009 (Photo: Tuong Thuy)

According to the Macau authority, the administrative decision followed Friday’s suspension of several of the airline’s flights due to a lack of payments for fuel since 2008, thus making departures from Macau to destinations such as Indonesia, Australia, Japan and Vietnam impossible.

Before the suspension, the carrier had been operating daily service to HCM City and three weekly flights to Hanoi on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Viva Macau has apologized publicly to thousands of air travelers it stranded over the weekend. It said 4,739 passengers were stuck when 33 flights were cancelled suddenly.

It issued an apology via a Hong Kong public relations company to try to explain its predicament.

“Viva Macau Airlines had taken steps, including prepayment [for fuel] of all weekend flights last Friday afternoon. Our shareholders also offered credit guarantees to the [fuel] supplier.

“Unfortunately, no agreement could be reached and therefore flights were stopped unexpectedly,” the carrier said in its statement. The low-cost carrier added it has offered refunds.

Viva Macau’s general sales agent in Vietnam, TransViet Group, has set up hotlines for enquiries at (08) 38242123 in Ho Chi Minh City and (04) 22606688 in Hanoi.

Source: SGGP

Ill-fated Thailand tour organizer had no international license

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:49 am

City authorities have said that the travel agency involved in the ill-fated tour of Thailand by 22 Vietnamese citizens last week did not have legal authority to organize international tours.

Pattaya Beach, Bangkok, Thailand. (Filed photo)

The tour came to a tragic end with the death of one and serious injuries to several others in a road accident that happened when the driver of the bus in which the tourists were traveling fell asleep at the wheel and rammed the vehicle into a ditch.

Viet Horizon Travel Co. Ltd, which organized the tour, had not yet registered and received approval to organize international tours, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced.

The department said the company’s office was located on No.3 Bau Cat street in Tan Binh District.

As of now, the city’s inspectors have not been able to talk to the company’s director, Pham Tan Nhut, because he is one of the tourists injured in the accident undergoing treatment in Thailand.

The inspectors are investigating that whether or not the company is an agency of other travel companies which have international travel business licenses.

The company co-organized with a Thai company a tour for 22 Vietnamese people to Thailand from February 16, the third day of the Lunar New Year.

The accident occurred while the tourists were on their way from Pattaya to Bangkok.

The Thai driver, working for the Thai company, fell asleep around 30 kilometers from Bangkok and the bus crashed into a ditch on the side of the road, said passenger La Huu Tien. Tien who suffered some scratches.

His wife had three ribs broken and is being treated in Thailand.

The body of the tourist who died, Nguyen Ngoc Dung of Tan Binh District, has been brought back to Vietnam while those with serious injuries – the director and deputy director of the company and a passenger – are still being treated in Thailand.

Around 600 travel agencies – 310 domestic and 290 international – have been awarded licensed to organize tours within and outside the country so far, according to the city tourism department.


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