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Ministry, military-run telecom extend school internet project

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Ministry, military-run telecom extend school internet project

QĐND – Monday, December 20, 2010, 21:26 (GMT+7)

All education and training institutions with electricity in Vietnam have free access to the internet, said head of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Information and Technology Department Quach Tuan Ngoc.

Ngoc made the statement on Dec. 18 at a conference in Hanoi where the ministry and the military-run telecom group Viettel reviewed their joint two-year internet connection for education programme.

“The result means that Vietnam is one of a few countries in the world where all schools have access to internet,” Ngoc said.

He added that the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) had last month praised Vietnam ‘s IT developments in the education and training sector.

The country has come a long way since a report released in 2008 placed Vietnam alongside Laos , Cambodia and Myanmar in the group with the least developed IT sectors.

The joint programme launched by Ministry of Education and Training and Viettel in September 2008 has provided internet to nearly 29,600 education institutions nationwide. Of these, over 21,000 are now connected to broadband internet through leased line technology, ADSL and third generation technology.

Under the programme, Viettel has provided preferential internet and mobile services policies to teachers and students.

Ngoc said internet access had helped narrow the gap between urban and rural areas.

Director of Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) province of Dak Lak Phan Hong said the connection helped teachers improve their teaching method and required students to be more active learners.

Viettel deputy director Nguyen Manh Hung said the programme focused on kindergartens, primary, secondary and high schools and universities and management units.

The Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan said the sector should be more active and creative to further develop the programme.

“We hope that enterprises, organisations and individuals will continue to develop information and technology application in the sector,” Luan said.

During the two-day conference, the ministry and Viettel signed an agreement in which they promised to continue implementing the programme.

The two sides will invest in equipment, e-books and e-learning.

It is estimated that over 25 million teachers and students have already accessed the internet.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Largest Vietnam Telecom and IT exhibition starts

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Foreign investors maximum of 30% of shares in telecom firms

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:26 am

Foreign investors maximum of 30% of shares in telecom firms

QĐND – Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

Foreign investors are permitted to invest in telecommunications services in Vietnam in both forms of direct and indirect investment, according to a draft decree to detail the Telecommunication Law.

The decree is being compiled by the Ministry of Information and Communication and will be submitted to the Government in August.

Particularly, the decree defines that foreign investors as telecommunications providers without telecommunications infrastructure networks are allowed to do business with Vietnamese telecoms with telecommunications infrastructure networks; and for foreign investors with telecommunications infrastructure networks, they must found a joint venture or/and cooperate with other already-licensed businesses in Vietnam.

The decree also points out that foreign investors can hold a maximum of 30 per cent of the registered capital in telecommunications joint ventures.

Projects costing over VND 2 trillion invested in by foreign investors with telecommunications infrastructure networks must be approved by the Prime Minister, while projects costing between VND 1 trillion and VND 2 trillion must be approved by the Ministry of Information and Communication, the decree stipulates.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Thu Nguyen  

Source: QDND

HCM City to host largest int’l telecom, IT expo

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm

HCM City to host largest int’l telecom, IT expo

QĐND – Monday, May 10, 2010, 22:19 (GMT+7)

The 2010 international and conference on telecom, IT, Internet and electronics, which will take place in Ho Chi Minh City from November 17-20, is considered to be the ever largest event and most prestigious of its kind in Vietnam.

Speaking at a press briefing in Hanoi on May 10, Bui Quoc Viet, Director of the Centre for Information and Public Relations under the Vietnam Post and Telecom Group (VNPT) stated that Vietnam has been considered as the world’s most attractive market for telecom, IT and electronics as the event will see the participation of telecom firms and groups from Singapore, France and China.

Vietnam Telecomp/ Electronics-Internet & IT 2010 is expected to draw 200 enterprises from 15 countries and territories. Vietnam’s giant telecom and IT providers, including VinaPhone, MobiFone, VDC and FPT, will participate in the event.

In 2010, Viet said, the country’s connectivity index increased by 16 levels, the most impressive achievements among developing countries. The result is considered as prerequisite for the nations’ telecom sector to fulfil a target of 10 billion USD in revenues this year.

Besides introducing products that benefit the socio-economic life like broadband, television and Internet and software, Vietnam Telecomp/ Electronics-Internet & IT 2010 will include several symposiums on developing the 3G services, broadband, multimedia and activities of providing information in the areas of radio and television broadcasting.

The International Telecommunications Alliance said Vietnam was among nations with highest telecom growth rate in the world in recent years.

By the end of April, the country’s number of telephone subscribers reached 143.8 million, a year-on-year increase of 56.2 percent. Of the figure, 123.9 million were mobile phone subscribers. The country also has about 3.2 million Internet subscribers with nearly 24.3 million users, making up 27.5 percent of the population.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Telecom firms told to cut import of 3G devices

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2010 at 3:20 am

Telecom firms told to cut import of 3G devices

QĐND – Saturday, May 01, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Information and Communications has ordered telecom companies to restrict import of 3G devices, including iPhones, to contain the rising trade deficit.

Mobile operators should advise customers to buy appropriate equipment needed to use 3G services rather than expensive equipment, the ministry said.

They should also carefully consider their plans to buy 3G terminal equipment, including iPhone 3G, to avoid mass import of what are expensive items, it said.

Telecom companies like Viettel and Vinaphone have spent around US$10 million to import iPhones, according to Dau Tu (Vietnam Investment Review) newspaper.

But the two have remained silent on the number of these phones they have sold in a month since its official launch in Vietnam.

After the initial excitement, iPhone sales have gone rather quiet since it not affordable for most users.

Vietnam’s trade deficit in April may touch $1.25 billion, bringing the figure for the first four months to $4.65 billion.

Exports during the four months were up 8.9 percent year on year to $20.16 billion while imports surged 35.6 percent to $24.81 billion.

The deficit continues to put pressure on the country’s foreign currency reserves and exchange rate.

Source: vietnamnewsonline

Source: QDND

Orange France Telecom grants more scholarships for young talents in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 4:18 am

Orange France Telecom grants more scholarships for young talents in Vietnam

QĐND – Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 22:58 (GMT+7)

Orange France Telecom, a world’s leading telecom supplier, today, April 14th, presented six masters scholarships and two on-the-job training courses to talented students from the masters programme, titled “Information, Systems and Technology, the University of Technology” under the Vietnam National University, Hanoi for 2010-2011 period.

This is the fourth continuous year the French supplier has granted scholarships with an aim of supporting Vietnamese IT talent under the Vietnam and France Governmental Cooperation Project of French University Centers in Vietnam.

Such a project aims to enhance the quality of the tertiary and post- graduate education in Vietnam.

The two-year master scholarships are given to needy students and the on-the-job training courses will offer students opportunities to gain more experience during the time working in Orange’s labs in France under instruction by Orange’s leading experts.

As many as 65 Vietnamese students have been awarded Orange’s scholarships and on-the-job training courses so far. Many of them have obtained valuable expertise which in turn partly contributed to Vietnam’s IT development.

Orange France Telecom plans to grant an additional six on-the-job training courses and eighteen scholarships to the best students of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City Universities of Technology, Vietnam National University in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by the end of this year.

Source: DDDN

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

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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Ministry issues licenses for 3G telecom services

In Vietnam Science on September 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm

The Ministry of Information and Communication has granted licenses to Viettel, Vinaphone, Mobiphone, and EVN Telecom-Hanoi Telecom to provide third generation (3G) services from August 13.

The licensing terms require to jointly invest at least VND33.82 trillion (US$2 billion) in the first three years to develop the service.

They have already deposited VND8.1 trillion with the ministry.

The ministry has mandated that if they do not provide 3G services within nine months after receiving the licenses, they will be penalized. If the services do not cover at least 10 percent of the country, their license will be revoked.

Vinaphone has said it will introduce 3G services in October, Mobiphone in December, and Viettel next April.

EVN Telecom – Hanoi Telecom Joint venture has promised to do it within the stipulated nine months without specifying when.

Source: SGGP

Telecom, IT businesses reap rewards from overseas investment

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Only two Vietnamese telecom and information technology businesses have invested abroad so far but their ventures have proved to be fruitful.

The Vietnam Military Telecom Company (Viettel) was the first Vietnamese telecom services provider to reach out to the overseas market in 2006.

The company is now a leading provider of channel leasing services in Cambodia and holding a large market share in the VoIP market after a year entering the neibouring country.

Viettel General Director Nguyen Manh Hung said Viettel plans to provide mobile telecom service in Cambodia from October this year and increase its investment capital there from 28 million USD to 70 million USD in the coming time.

The company will expand its mobile phone service network in Laos and open a representative office in Myanmar .

The second daring business in this field is FPT Software, a subsidiary of the Financing and Promoting Technology Corporation (FPT).

The software company has established five branches in Singapore , Japan , France , the US and Malaysia .

FPT Software’s branches in Japan and Singapore alone generate 77 percent of revenues and 80 percent of total orders of the company after only a year of operation.

FPT Software General Director Nguyen Lam Phuong said that it plans to open another branch in Europe and expand its business network to northern European countries, including Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands within the next two years.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Department said investment activities towards foreign countries are gaining momentum as more Vietnamese businesses have developed financial strengths and begun to look outside the border for expansion opportunities.

Vietnam has so far had 317 valid overseas projects with registered capital of 2.5 billion USD.

However, the FPT Software director said that the largest difficulty Vietnamese businesses face while investing abroad, especially in telecom, was building trademarks.

Meanwhile, the Viettel General Director said businesses needed State guarantee to get loans from Vietnamese banks operating at invested countries.-