IT industry competitive: minister
The Vietnamese Government has created a fair, healthy competitive environment for businesses involved in information and communications technology (ICT), said Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Le Nam Thang.
At the first seminar of the Viet Nam International Communications Summit & Expo (Viet Nam Comm 2009) which opened in Ha Noi on November 19, Thang said that Viet Nam had developed a modern communications infrastructure which was capable of providing cutting-edge services.
He also said his ministry was focusing on finalising a strategic scheme to make Viet Nam a strong ICT nation within 10 years.
At the two-day seminar, domestic and foreign ICT companies exchanged experiences in the transformation of 3G and 4G technology networks and new orientations for ICT development.
Nearly 30 local and foreign speakers discussed upgrading technology and its application in business and daily life, development trends and the management of the communications network during the integration process.
The Ministry of Information and Communications granted licences to Viet Nam’s four largest mobile service providers: Vinaphone, Mobifone, Viettel and EVN-HT Mobile to provide 3G technology services.
Viet Nam is striving to develop e-government within five years as well as build a broadband network to meet the demand of internet subscribers and convert the entire television and radio broadcast system to digital technology – this with the aim of becoming one of the 10 most attractive nations in the world in terms of software technology by 2020.
French telecom sees Viet Nam as stepping stone into rest of Asia
Orange France Telecom in co-operation with local firms plans to expand its business operations in Viet Nam.
"Orange France Telecom wants to develop further its business in Viet Nam as a first step towards developing its business activities in Asia," said Didier Lombard, chairman and chief executive of Orange France Telecom.
"The group has developed strongly in the telecommunications sector in Europe, the Middle East and English-speaking countries," he said.
"The group does not plan to open an independent company in Viet Nam but wants to be a strategic partner of mobile phone service providers in Viet Nam.
"Orange France Telecom has been following the equitisation of MobiFone and wants to buy as many shares in this local telecoms firm as possible," he said.
He added that the group began co-operating with the firm two years ago and had helped the firm develop 3G services in Viet Nam.
Jacques Fulcrant, country manager of Orange France Telecom Viet Nam, said: "3G has now become a reality in Viet Nam and as a leader in the field, we are excited about not only sharing our 3G expertise with Vietnamese partners, but also learning from them.
"With that in mind, Orange France Telecom has a strong interest in joining hands with Vietnamese mobile operators and partners to establish a robust eco-system that will generate the best benefits for Vietnamese users."
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators.
France Telecom’s sales reached 53.5 billion euros (US$80 billion) in 2008 and of 38.1 billion euros in the first nine months of 2009. It has a customer base of almost 190 million users in 32 countries.
Orange is the third largest mobile operator and the second largest provider of broadband internet services in Europe.
VinaPhone partners on new mobile 3G service
Mobile service provider VinaPhone has partnered Viet Nam HP Co and Cable and Network Materials Joint Stock Co to launch a new mobile 3G service – SIM 3G integrated into HP notebook computers.
HP integrated notebooks, including HP Mini 110, HP Mini 5101, HP ProBook 4310s, HP ProBook 4510s, and HP ProBook 5310m lines which were introduced into the Vietnamese market from the beginning of November can access the internet or send e-mail wherever 3G coverage is available.
Hitachi Global Storage expands in Viet Nam
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) announced that it intended to expand local distribution of its hard disk drives (HDD) and external storage products through My Cuong Technology Co Ltd (McTech).
McTech will help Hitachi boost distribution by offering innovative and reliable hard drives and external storage solutions to the Vietnamese market.
McTech will handle a full range of Hitachi products, including Travelstar, Deskstar, Ultrastar, CinemaStar and Hitachi External Hard Drives.
CSC installs ERP system at Tan Hiep Phat Co
CSC Viet Nam, a subsidiary of the US-based CSC, a global IT services company, announced on Wednesday that is had become a partner of German software company SAP in deploying the latest version of the latter’s Enterprise Resource Planning system at Tan Hiep Phat Corporation.
SAP ECC 6.0 will be installed in the corporation’s beverages and packaging operations, with the US$2 million contract executed over eight months, including two months of testing.
Sacombank Securities Co signs with Microsoft
Microsoft Viet Nam and Sacombank Securities Company (Sacombank-SBS) on Wednesday announced the signing of an enterprise agreement and strategic co-operation contract for the latter to use Microsoft’s technology and licensed software.
The three-year deal aims to standardise Sacombank-SBS’s operations to international standards and build a safe and secure information technology infrastructure.
Sacombank-SBS uses the US firm’s Active Directory System for managing resources, securities policies and access control; Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 for its internal e-mail system; anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-malware solutions; and internal communication system – Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007 R2 (OSC 2007 R2).
Microsoft releases new solution to e-mail
Microsoft Viet Nam has released the Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, a new version of its exchange server, 14 years after the release of its first version.
The major functions of exchange servers are managing e-mails, calendars and contact lists, and supporting users through personal computers, hand phones and web browsers.