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Vietnam ranks 7th in the world in terms of cell phone subscribers’ numbers

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm

22.8 million new phone subscribers in H1

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm

22.8 million new phone subscribers in H1

QĐND – Saturday, July 03, 2010, 20:59 (GMT+7)

In the first half of 2010 Vietnam had an additional of 22.8 million phone subscribers, 12.2 percent up year on year, reported the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Of this number, there were 22.1 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 18.7 percent and 707,700 fixed phone subscribers, a fall of 58.7 percent in comparison with the corresponding period of 2009.

The number of new mobile users in the first half was 31-fold more than fixed phone users.

The total number of phone subscribers in Vietnam by the end of June 2010 reached 151 million, 48.5 percent over the same period of last year. Mobile subscribers accounted for over 80 percent.

The number of broadband Internet subscribers was estimated at 3.4 million by the end of June, up by 33.5 percent.

The total revenue from postal and telecom services in this period also grew by 33.7 percent year on year.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

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

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

Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning

In World on December 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim.

The now-ubiquitous devices carry such warnings in some countries, though no U.S. states require them, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. A similar effort is afoot in San Francisco, where Mayor Gavin Newsom wants his city to be the nation’s first to require the warnings.

A traveler who was delayed by the blizzard that struck the East Coast on Saturday makes a cell phone call at Union Station in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009.

Maine Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, said numerous studies point to the cancer risk, and she has persuaded legislative leaders to allow her proposal to come up for discussion during the 2010 session that begins in January, a session usually reserved for emergency and governors’ bills.

Boland herself uses a cell phone, but with a speaker to keep the phone away from her head. She also leaves the phone off unless she’s expecting a call. At issue is radiation emitted by all cell phones.

Under Boland‘s bill, manufacturers would have to put labels on phones and packaging warning of the potential for brain cancer associated with electromagnetic radiation. The warnings would recommend that users, especially children and pregnant women, keep the devices away from their head and body.

The Federal Communications Commission, which maintains that all cell phones sold in the U.S. are safe, has set a standard for the “specific absorption rate” of radiofrequency energy, but it doesn’t require handset makers to divulge radiation levels.

The San Francisco proposal would require the display of the absorption rate level next to each phone in print at least as big as the price. Boland’s bill is not specific about absorption rate levels, but would require a permanent, nonremovable advisory of risk in black type, except for the word “warning,” which would be large and in red letters. It would also include a color graphic of a child’s brain next to the warning.

While there’s little agreement about the health hazards, Boland said Maine’s roughly 950,000 cell phone users among its 1.3 million residents “do not know what the risks are.”

All told, more than 270 million people subscribed to cellular telephone service last year in the United States, an increase from 110 million in 2000, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association. The industry group contends the devices are safe.

“With respect to the matter of health effects associated with wireless base stations and the use of wireless devices, CTIA and the wireless industry have always been guided by science, and the views of impartial health organizations. The peer-reviewed scientific evidence has overwhelmingly indicated that wireless devices do not pose a public health risk,” said CTIA’s John Walls.

James Keller of Lewiston, whose cell phone serves as his only phone, seemed skeptical about warning labels. He said many things may cause cancer but lack scientific evidence to support that belief. Besides, he said, people can’t live without cell phones.

“It seems a little silly to me, but it’s not going to hurt anyone to have a warning on there. If they’re really concerned about it, go ahead and put a warning on it,” he said outside a sporting good store in Topsham. “It wouldn’t deter me from buying a phone.”

While there’s been no long-term studies on cell phones and cancer, some scientists suggest erring on the side of caution.

Last year, Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, sent a memo to about 3,000 faculty and staff members warning of risks based on early, unpublished data. He said that children should use the phones only for emergencies because their brains were still developing and that adults should keep the phone away from the head and use a speakerphone or a wireless headset.

Herberman, who says scientific conclusions often take too long, is one of numerous doctors and researchers who have endorsed an August report by retired electronics engineer L. Lloyd Morgan. The report highlights a study that found significantly increased risk of brain tumors from 10 or more years of cell phone or cordless phone use.

Also, the BioInitiative Working Group, an international group of scientists, notes that many countries have issued warnings and that the European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for governmental action to address concerns over health risks from mobile phone use.

But the National Cancer Institute said studies thus far have turned up mixed and inconsistent results, noting that cell phones did not come into widespread use in the United States until the 1990s.

“Although research has not consistently demonstrated a link between cellular telephone use and cancer, scientists still caution that further surveillance is needed before conclusions can be drawn,” according to the Cancer Institute’s Web site.

Motorola Inc., one of the nation’s major wireless phone makers, says on its Web site that all of its products comply with international safety guidelines for radiofrequency energy exposure.

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Plan for 200 VND a minute phone calls

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm

The Ministry of Information and Communications has recommended that landline phone tariffs for domestic users be unified.

If approved, in the new year, home users will pay just 200 VND per minute irrespective of where in the country they are calling. Now the tariffs range from 120 VND for local calls to 400-700 VND for long-distance calls.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang said the move would help more people living outside cities buy phones.

The ministry has also proposed a 7,000 VND reduction in monthly subscription to 20,000 VND.

It would continue to regulate domestic phone tariffs until 2010, while charges for commercial users would be decided by the service providers, but within a 50 percent band of the charges of 200 VND a minute and 20,000 VND a month.

From 2011, suppliers will be free to decide charges for all subscribers, within a 50 percent band.

Mobile and international phone service providers recently cut tariffs.-

Plan for VND200 a minute phone calls

In Uncategorized on November 28, 2008 at 4:14 pm

HCM CITY — The Ministry of Information and Communications has recommended that landline phone tariffs for domestic users be unified.

If approved, in the new year, home users will pay just VND200 per minute irrespective of where in the country they are calling. Now the tariffs range from VND120 for local calls to VD400-700 for long-distance calls.

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang said the move would help more people living outside cities buy phones.

The ministry has also proposed a VND7,000 reduction in monthly subscription to VND20,000.

It would continue to regulate domestic phone tariffs until 2010, while charges for commercial users would be decided by the service providers, but within a 50 per cent band of the charges of VND200 a minute and VND20,000 a month.

From 2011, suppliers will be free to decide charges for all subscribers, within a 50 per cent band.

Mobile and international phone service providers recently cut tariffs. —

VN hits 70.4m phone subscribers

In Uncategorized on October 7, 2008 at 11:11 am

HA NOI — By the end of September 2008, Viet Nam had 70.4 million telephone subscribers, representing 82 phones per 100 residents.

Mobile phone subscribers accounted for nearly 81 per cent, equivalent to 57 million subscribers.

According to statistics recently released by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the country had 3.7 million new subscribers in September, an increase of 362 per cent year-on-year, raising the total number of new phone users so far this year to 23.4 million.

Of the more than 70 million subscribers, Viet Nam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has the largest market share with 55.4 per cent, followed by Viettel with 34 per cent.

In June, the Ministry of Information and Communications conducted a survey of active subscribers of all mobile networks in Viet Nam. The survey showed that by the end of June 2008, VinaPhone, MobiFone, Viettel and S-Fone had more than 48 million subscribers, of which, pre-paid subscribers accounted for over 90 per cent.

According to the survey, Viettel was the top mobile network with 19.42 million subscribers, followed by MobiFone with 13.4 million, VinaPhone with 12.1 million, and S-Fone with 3.14 million. —

Budget cell phone market booms

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2008 at 12:33 pm

The budget cell phone market is enjoying a boom when mobile phone service providers are shifting their attention to low-income customers.

S-Fone is a leading business in the race with the launch of six new handset models branded eCo priced at between 270,000 and 499,000 VND each, the lowest price in the market. More than 100,000 eCo handsets were sold after just one month.

Together with the launch of cheap and convenient handsets, S-Fone also offered a special promotion programme which presents newly activated eCo subscribers with 1.5 million VND in their accounts.

Following S-Fone, the most popular mobile service provider in the country MobiFone also plans to introduce its low-priced cell phones with attractive subscription packages.

Recent market surveys revealed that the demand for low-range cell phones is on the increase. The demand for this product has risen to 70 percent of market share from around 50 percent at the end of last year. It is predicted that 90 percent of first-time mobile phone users will choose a cheap model.

Telecom businesses explained that customers are attracted by not only easy to use functions and cheap prices of the product but also cheap subscription fees and attractive promotion programmes offered by service providers.

The fee race among mobile phone service providers has enabled consumers with modest income to access the service.

Models priced between 599,000-950,000 VND each made by Nokia, Motorola, Samsung and Sony Ericsson are also selling very well while S-Fone said it is unable to meet demand for eCo handsets.

The German market research company GFK forecast that Vietnam ’s mobile phone retail market will grow by around 35 percent this year.-