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Viettel holds 42% of Vietnam’s mobile market share

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Mobile emergency aid groups established

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Long Ho District’s Red Cross Association in the Mekong Delta Province of Vinh Long has established 13 roving emergency aid teams to take patients to health clinics for treatment.

Each of the teams, that will work free of charge, includes 10-15 volunteers.

The association has organized to train the volunteers in first aid to help patients when necessary.

Source: SGGP

Top mobile providers plan to cut rates

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:59 am

Top mobile providers plan to cut rates

QĐND – Friday, July 09, 2010, 20:53 (GMT+7)

Three major mobile service providers, Viettel, VinaPhone, and MobiFone, are seeking approval from the Ministry of Information and Communication to cut call tariffs by 15-20 percent.

The average cost of calling now is 1,200 VND per minute, and if a 20 percent reduction is approved, it will fall to 960 VND.

Viettel said it incurs a cost of around 800 VND for a one-minute call.

According to a forecast by UK-based emerging markets analyst Business Monitor International Ltd (BMI), average revenue per user earned by Vietnamese service providers will fall by 13.7 percent annually to 4.11 USD this year, and 3.8 USD in 2011.

Ahman Eddie, general manager of Ericsson Vietnam, said Vietnam’s telecom market has grown faster than that of other countries in the area but service providers are locked in a fierce battle over tariffs.

“Price competition will not bring stable development to service providers,” he said.

But BMI forecasts growth in Viet Nam’s telecom market to surge thanks to the ongoing price war.

The service providers are aware of the consequence of the ongoing price war: falling profits and inability to make long-term investments, but they state several reasons to justify cutting charges.

A Viettel executive said it is done to reduce “fat.” “A telecom corporation is fat if profits exceed 20 percent of turnover. It needs to reduce service charges to grow thin,” he said.

Earlier this year, telecom operators launched a series of promotions after the ministry rejected their demand to reduce mobile charges.

The ministry has responded by tightening promotion norms by issuing a circularin early July to clarify certain clauses of the Commercial Law on promotions by mobile service providers.

To make the circle complete, the mobile operators have again asked to cut call charges.

Last year Viettel had sparked off industry-wide tariff cuts by cutting its charges by 15-20 percent.

Source: VNA

Photo: chaongaymoi

Source: QDND

Yahoo! banks on mobile devices for its future growth

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 4:32 am

SINGAPORE, June 16, 2010 (AFP) – Yahoo! is banking on mobile devices for future growth — particularly in Asia — as consumers leapfrog cumbersome computers to access the Internet via feature-packed handheld gadgets.

The US Internet giant believes “smartphones” with better operating systems, high-speed Internet networks, falling prices and a plethora of content will fuel the mobile boom.

Markets in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia will lead the way, Yahoo! executives said at a telecom trade fair in Singapore.

A promoter displays the yahoo application on an Alcatel smartphone at the CommunicAsia 2010 conference and exhibition show in Singapore on June 15, 2010. AFP

“We see a significant number of people who will have their first Internet experience on their mobile phone,” said Matthias Kunze, Asia-Pacific managing director for Yahoo! Mobile.

In Indonesia, mobile data subscribers have outnumbered users of personal computers, Kunz told AFP on Tuesday on the sidelines of the CommunicAsia 2010 technology conference and exhibition.

India has about 40-50 million PCs but this is far fewer than the estimated 550 million mobile subscribers, of whom around 20 million use their handheld gadgets to access the Internet.

Industry players said companies like Yahoo! will be well-placed as Asia gets increasingly wired into high-speed Internet technology.

The Broadband Forum, a consortium promoting high-speed Internet access, said Wednesday that Asia now accounts for almost a third of the global market, challenging Europe’s dominance.

“New applications such as video, social networking, many of these things that are coming onscreen, the critical driver… will be broadband,” said Bill Barney, chief executive of telecommunications service provider Pacnet.

Kunze said mobile phones play a crucial role in information technology because they are the world’s most ubiquitous devices.

“Maybe there are only more toothbrushes in the world than mobile phones,” he said.

Irv Henderson, vice president for product management at California-based Yahoo!, said the Asia-Pacific currently accounts for 25-30 percent of the company’s global mobile audience.

This is projected to grow by “double or triple digits” in the next two to three years, Kunze added.

Yahoo! Mobile is positioning itself to be ahead of the game, with special focus on India, Indonesia and other emerging Asian markets.

At CommunicAsia, it announced the availability of a mobile phone made by China’s TCT Mobile under the Alcatel brand.

It features an embedded one-touch button that links users directly to a suite of Yahoo! services such as Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger.

The phone, priced at under 100 US dollars, will be launched in India by the end of July and subsequently in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand within this year.

Yahoo! also announced a scheme in which the Yahoo! Messenger application programme interface, or API, will be made available to “partners and third-party developers” in the Asia-Pacific.

“We believe by opening up our API it will foster innovation in this region,” said Henderson.

Last month, Yahoo! announced a “strategic alliance” under which Nokia will supply maps and navigation services to the web company. Yahoo! will then provide email and chat to the world’s top mobile phone maker.

Yahoo! has also acquired Koprol, an Indonesian Internet service that lets people use mobile phones to instantly connect with nearby users.

“We are operating on the thesis that tens and hundreds of millions of users will come to mobile data over the next five years. We see a phenomenal opportunity through our partnerships,” Henderson said.

Kunze added: “The world has changed in the last 24 months and that’s why we also have to embrace this change and make sure that the whole company breathes and lives mobile. I think this is happening.”

Source: SGGP

Mobile phone subscribers leap nearly 22 percent

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Mobile phone subscribers leap nearly 22 percent

QĐND – Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s telecommunications market is expected to develop rapidly in the upcoming months.

The number of new mobile phone subscribers last month reached 18.5 million, an increase of 21.9 percent over the same period last year.

The development, in part, has intensified due to the advent of new services provided by mobile phone suppliers.

Last month, the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT) signed a contract to be the sole broadcaster of the World Cup 2010 for mobile phones.

All 64 football matches can now be directly viewed through Mobile Television, a subsidiary of VNPT’s MobiFone and VinaPhone providers, for 30,000 VND (1.6 USD).

Head of Vinaphone’s Marketing Department Pham Ngoc Tu said the providers planned to add more than 60 value-added services for mobile phone subscribers, which aims to increase the provider’s service quality.

Tu said the services account for 10 percent of their total revenue, but predicted they would eventually increase to 20 percent of the company’s revenue.

S-Fone has announced that it will expand its coverage of 3G-EVDO services to 37 cities and provinces nationwide.

The provider added that it would invest in upgrading the 3G-EVDO in order to ensure the quality of its 3G service and prepare for the arrival of 4G.

Vietnamese mobile phone providers have been rushing to reduce Iphone prices in line with the decreasing prices of the product in the US.

Providers will begin to reduce the phone’s price from 197 USD to 100 USD each.

Last Tuesday, the military-run mobile phone provider, Viettel, reduced the price of its Iphone to 1 million VND (54 USD) in order to increase phone sales.

VinaPhone’s representative Nguyen Thu Hong said the provider had yet to consider reducing the price of its Iphone package.

She said the company had imported approximately 5,000 Iphones and planned to import more soon.

MobiFone, one of the three largest mobile phone providers in the country, does not sell the Iphone.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Stricter control on mobile phone advertisements

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Stricter control on mobile phone advertisements

QĐND – Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi Department of Information and Communication has asked telecommunication service providers to sever the contracts of telephone subscribers who continue to violate advertising regulations.

Any service provider that fails to cut the contracts of violators will be punished according to the Ordinance on Post and Telecommunications.

The department has sent a list of 900 violators to telecommunications enterprises and asked them to notify the subscribers of the regulation.

An inspection team will be formed this week to assure compliance.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

China mobile operator ditches Google search: report

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2010 at 4:03 am

China’s second largest mobile phone operator will remove Google’s search function from new handsets in response to the US Internet giant’s tussle with Beijing, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

China Unicom Chairman & CEO Chang Xiaobing speaks during a news conference announcing the company’s results in Hong Kong March 24, 2010.

The reported move by China Unicom comes as other Chinese companies appear to be severing ties with Google following its decision Monday to effectively shut down its Chinese search engine over Beijing’s tough web censorship.

China Unicom said the search function would be dropped from new phones using Google’s Android mobile operating system.

“We are willing to work with any company that abides by Chinese law…. We don’t have any cooperation with Google currently,” the Financial Times quoted China Unicom president Lu Yimin as saying.

China Unicom could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The FT report gave no indication of whether the company might eventually ditch Android altogether for a different mobile operating system.

But the report does point to wider ramifications for Google from its decision to scale back its China operations, as the country is not only the world’s largest online market, but also the world’s largest mobile market.

China currently has at least 384 million Internet users, but it has more than 750 million mobile subscribers — many of whom access web content via their handsets.

In January, shortly after saying it could leave China altogether over web censorship and cyberattacks, Google postponed the launch of Android-based mobile handsets developed with Motorola and Samsung for China Unicom.

China Mobile, the country’s biggest cell phone operator, is also likely to cancel a deal to use Google’s search engine on its mobile Internet home page, the New York Times reported, citing an unnamed source in the media industry.

The report said the company was scrapping the agreement due to government pressure. Officials at China Mobile were not immediately available to comment.

At the end of January, China Mobile had 532.9 million subscribers, and China Unicom had 150.5 million, according to government data.

On Wednesday, Hong Kong-listed TOM Group — owned by the city’s richest man Li Ka-shing — cut links to Google’s search services on its web portal, saying it needed to adhere to Chinese rules and regulations.

Source: SGGP

Mobile phone firms face crackdown

In Vietnam Economy on March 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Mobile phone firms face crackdown

QĐND – Monday, March 22, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

Mobile phone promotions are undercutting competition and leading to inactive phone numbers and a waste of digital resources, Government sources say.

The problem has led to the formation of a draft management plan by the Ministry of Information and Communications to control mobile phone promotions and reduce the “chaos” in the market.

The draft plan puts a limit of 90 days a year on which mobile phone promotions can be run and a limit of 45 days on each promotion.

In also mandates that mobile networks must maintain the quality of their services during promotions and the information given to subscribers must comply with regulations.

Under the draft plan, minimum charges set by the Government may not be reduced and any promotion reduction may not exceed 50 percent of the service’s total value.

The ministry has called for comment on the draft management plan which is expected to become the final plan by the end of the month.

Ministry telecom department head Pham Hong Hai said close management of mobile promotions aimed to create healthy completion.

While promotion programmes attracted users, Hai said, they were tending to be used to undercut competitors and had led to and crease in the number of inactive subscriptions, resulting in a waste of digital resources.

Changes had already been made to the promotions regulations. At the end of last year, mobile operators were limited to 50 percent promotions for pre-paid cards, instead of 100 percent or more before.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade said the country’s telecommunication market was in chaos because of promotion “races” to attract subscribers to domestic networks.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

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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Mobile use going through the roof

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2008 at 11:06 am

Mobile use going through the roof

The Vietnamese telecommunications industry has seen such remarkable expansion over the last few years, that it has been ranked as one of the fastest countries in the world to develop that sector. The country now has 70.4 million telephone subscribers, representing 82 phones per 100 residents. Mobile phone subscribers account for nearly 81 per cent, equivalent to 57 million.

Viet Nam News talks with Nguyen Ba Thuoc, vice general director of the Viet Nam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT), the country’s biggest telecom service provider, about the prospects for the telecom industry in Viet Nam along with VNPT’s plan to sustain its dominant position.


How does Viet Nam’s telecom industry compare to that of other countries in Southeast Asia? In the next 10 years, can the country become a top player in the region?

In the view of VNPT, Viet Nam’s telecom sector has achieved significant developments over the last 20 years. Now we have a solid foundation for further development.

Viet Nam chose to develop digital technologies starting in the 1980s and has attracted considerable investment from foreign partners. As of August this year, the country had over 70 million telephones nationwide, 6 million internet subscribers with about 23 per cent of the population having access to the internet.

In April this year the successful launch of the telecom satellite Vinasat – 1 marked a new era for the country’s telecom sector and laid a more solid foundation for the sector’s future.

So, we can say that Viet Nam’s telecom sector is currently not behind the region in terms of basic telecom services, especially in terms of the speed of development.

The Government has created a development strategy for the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector for 2011-2020, after which the development of the telecom sector will be equal to other countries regionally, while the application of the IT sector will be equal to the average of developed countries following 2011.


Capital investment has not been enough to meet the development demand for telecommunications and IT. Is this the main reason for the slow development of Viet Nam’s ICT sector? To meet the development plan, how much capital will VNPT need per year ?

If you look at the overall picture of Viet Nam’s economy, ICT is one of the fastest growth sectors. According to the International Telecom Union, in recent years Viet Nam was one of the fastest countries in the world in developing its telecom industry.

In order to build a national telecom infrastructure which is modern and sustainable, we need to have an overall development strategy for other supporting sectors such as electricity, water supply. We must avoid the overlapping of investment, especially in the urban areas.

In fact, one of the major obstacles for the development of the Viet Nam telecom sector is the lack of investment capital. In 2008, VNPT will need some VND20 trillion (US$1.19 billion).


Since capital from State budget is not enough to meet the investment demand of VNPT, what is the company doing to seek out other financial resources?

Since early this year, VNPT recognised that it should not depend only on capital from the State Budget, and that the company should seek funding from outside sources such as loans and the stock market, FDI and official development assistance (ODA).

FDI would focus on the development of telecom and internet in urban areas, while ODA on the development in rural and remote areas.

Meanwhile, VNPT also participates in telecom infrastructure projects as a major shareholder, and our company always receives good co-operation from both domestic and foreign partners.


How do you compare telecom tariffs in Viet Nam with the other countries in the region ?

The World Bank reported four years ago that the domestic telecom and international phone call tariffs in Viet Nam were on a similar level with other countries in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). An interministerial report in 2004 also stated that telecom tariffs in Viet Nam were lower compared to some countries worldwide.

After four years, we can say that telecom tariffs in Viet Nam have become much more competitive. VNPT in August cut 88 per cent off the international phone call tariff, making Viet Nam one of the cheapest countries to make an international call from.

Meanwhile, taking the tariff for landlines as an example, a subscriber in Viet Nam pays only $4 for 100 minutes of domestic calling per month, one of the lowest levels in the world. —