Qualcomm promotes 3G technology

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The US' Qualcomm, the world's largest mobile chipset producer, is advancing the development and application of 3G technology in Vietnam. Qualcomm Indochina general director Thieu Phuong Nam outlines their business strategy to VIR's Tuong Thuy. Today when you see people using smartphones to read emails, check bank accounts, download applications or post pictures to Facebook or Twitter, there's a good chance they're using Qualcomm's 3G technology. Today, high-speed 3G networks are reaching every corner of the globe, and 3G technology is moving at a speed that it regularly changes how we live, work, communicate, and entertain. According to Ericsson ConsumerLab, last year more than 20 per cent of the Vietnamese population used smartphones and 5 per cent used tablets. What does this mean for mobile applications? Those numbers are right, and as a result mobile applications and their development trends around the world took centre stage at the Vietnam Consumer Digital World Expo (VCW) … [Read more...]

RIM steps up mobile competition

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Canada-based wireless handheld devices and services developer of Blackberry Research In Motion (RIM) last week announced to add Petrosetco Distribution into its main distributors in Vietnam. "We are committed to providing the best experience to BlackBerry customers in Vietnam," said Nicholas Horton, RIM Indochina director. Horton said Blackberry was expanding its retail channel to make BlackBerry smartphones more accessible to customers. Hence, it planned to launch more affordable products and service plans to meet the needs of our customers. In addition, it is adding more BlackBerry Expert Center locations so that customers who purchase their devices from authorised retailers can enjoy after-sales service from trained professionals at their convenience. Smartcom, a subsidiary of Petrosetco Distribution, a member of PetroVietnam is the second distributor of Blackberry in Vietnam apart from Brightstar. Before becoming an official distributor of Blackberry in Vietnam, … [Read more...]

Vietnam jumps five spots in global IT index

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Vietnam has been ranked 81st in the ICT Development Index for 2011, a jump of five places from the previous year's index, the Ministry of Information and Communications announced yesterday in a conference on the sidelines of the Mobile Vietnam 2012 trade expo. … [Read more...]

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 10/7

VDC inaugurates largest data centre Da Nang-based Viet Nam Data Communication (VDC) officially put into operation its state-of-the-art internet data centre (IDC) in the central region. The new IDC infrastructure is developed by synchronised technology solutions and at international standard Tier 3. The system ensures the safety measures of security, redundancy and load sharing systems as well as the density of integrated network and security devices, allowing continuous operation with the best quality. Online readers via cell phones rise rapidly Deputy Director of VC Corp Nguyen The Tan said his company had about 2 million hits via mobile phones per day, accounting for 10-15 per cent of its total capacity. Thanks to cheap 3G access charges and cheaply priced smart phones, Tan said that in the near future, the number of internet users through mobile networks would reach around 30 million. Therefore, VC Corp will launch advertising on mobile systems and invest in developing … [Read more...]

Microsoft officially appoints new country manager in Vietnam

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Today, Microsoft officially announced that Vu Minh Tri has been appointed as the new country manager for Microsoft Vietnam. In this role, Tri will be responsible for managing Microsoft's business strategy, operations, and development initiatives in the Vietnamese market. Tri has extensive business management experience in a number of multi-national corporations and has a deep understanding of the technology industry. Prior to joining Microsoft, he held many key leadership positions and most recently was the regional leader overseeing the Indochina and Thailand region for Qualcomm. He previously held various leadership positions in his career including general director for Yahoo! Vietnam, country manager of Sony Ericsson Vietnam, and worked in Sales & Marketing Management for BAT, BP and Procter & Gamble Vietnam. Jamie Harper, general manager of Southeast Asia said "Vietnam continues to be a market of strategic importance to Microsoft, and we continue to invest in the … [Read more...]

Android 4.0 attractive, but it’s not easy to gulp

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VietNamNet Bridge - Android 4.0 has the code name "Ice Cream Sandwich." Google once announced that the official version of the product would appear in early 2012. However, to date, except some product lines which have the right to install the official version, most of the Android 4.0 products available on the market are just the alpha and beta versions. A source from Sony Ericsson Vietnam has affirmed that the official version of Android 4.0 would hit the market by early April 2012. In general, the official version would have many new functions, but there would be no big changes in comparison with the beta version. The operation system for a mass The previous versions of the Android operation system showed differences on different product lines. The previous versions of Android, from the 2.3 GingerBread version and earlier, were mostly used for mobile phones. Meanwhile, Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the operation system only used for the group of tablets running on Android operation … [Read more...]

Vietnam among the top spenders for telecom in Southeast Asia

Vietnam ranks second only to Malaysia in terms of internet access from mobile devices.

A recently released survey by Yahoo showed that Vietnam tops Southeast Asian countries in spending on mobile internet services, with an average of $24 per month. In Vietnam most internet users from mobile devices are men between the age of 15 and 24. Many of them use "smart phones" which can be bought for between VND2-4 million ($95.2-190.47). The prices are quite low compared to the the services offered, including internet access and numerous applications. David Jeffs, head of Yahoo! Insights, said, "Currently, in Vietnam mobile internet users account for one-third of the country's total internet users. We expect this rate to sharply increase in time to come, particularly in the cities of Danang and Can Tho." Another finding of the survey was that, while other Southeast Asian countries used access to the mobile internet to use social networking sites, in Vietnam it is mostly used for chat, email and searches. Nokia is the most popular mobile phone used for mobile … [Read more...]

The rich buy more luxurious products, the poor enjoy modern technologies

Year-end sale season is the right time for mobile phone manufacturers, both big and small, to launch their key products into the market. High income earners tend to buy luxurious mobile phones, which have been added with many new features, to show their upper class. Meanwhile, low income earners can get benefit from new technologies. Targeting the rich Hoai An, the head of the team for marketing mobile products of Samsung Vietnam (Savina), said that Galaxy Note model targets businessmen and high income earners. "Galaxy Note is not a kind of smart phone or tablet PC, it is just between the two groups of products," Nguyen Van Dao, Deputy General Director of Savina, explained. Equipped with high grade features, such as the high processing speed (duo core CPU 1.4GHz), having 5.3 inch screen and 16 GB inside mass storage, Note is priced at 18.5 million dong. Also according to Hoai An, Note will appear in many activities designed for the business circle. The presence of the … [Read more...]

Big spenders

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With initial investments completed and plans for a whole lot more to come, the Hon Hai (Foxconn) Technology Group has blazed the trail for other Taiwanese businesses with an eye on Vietnam. Thu Trang reports. "We have many plans," Mr Terry Gou, CEO and Chairman of Foxconn told local media during the opening ceremony for one of the factories. In the eight months since the first visit to Vietnam by the CEO and Chairman of Taiwan's Hon Hai (Foxconn) Technology Group, construction of its two component factories in the north has been completed and production is now underway. The two factories, however, are just a small part of Foxconn's plans to pour $5 billion into Vietnam. "We have many plans," Mr Terry Gou, CEO and Chairman of Foxconn told local media during the opening ceremony for one of the factories. "We are not in Vietnam just to build a factory or an industrial park; we are here to build a city, a modern technology urban area in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces. We have also … [Read more...]

The origins of made-in-Vietnam cell phones

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Some domestic brands of hand phone have appeared in the local market in recent years, namely Mobell, Q-Mobile, ConnSpeed, Bavapen, F-Mobile and MobiStar. Many of them carry Vietnamese names, but they actually hail from China. With super-cheap components from China, manufacturing cell phones is rather easy so many Vietnamese firms have jumped into this market. The boom of Vietnamese brands Among the above mobile phone brands, A My company's ConnSpeed products were launched in late 2007 for common users, priced between 1-3 million dong. Q-Mobile is the brand of ABTel company. Meanwhile, Bavapen belongs to Thanh Cong Mobile company. MobiStar and F-Mobile are the latest brands of P&T Mobile and FPT, and appeared in May and June 2009. These products also aim at common users, with prices of less than 2 million dong. Most of these made-in Vietnam phones have the same basic functions: music playing, camera, Bluetooth connection, two sims. The designs are abundant but many models … [Read more...]

Going local

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The new General Manager of Yahoo! in Vietnam, Mr Vu Minh Tri Born in 1973, Mr Vu Minh Tri was previously General Manager of Sony Ericsson Vietnam and prior to that worked with Procter&Gamble (P&G), British Petroleum (BP) and British American Tobacco (BAT), where he held senior management positions in brand marketing, business development, training and development, and trade marketing. At Sony Ericsson Vietnam he turned its Vietnam business into the fastest growing company in the industry in terms of volume and value share and brand health indicators. More importantly, he built a strong foundation for the continuous and sustainable growth of the Sony Ericsson business. Perhaps this extensive blue chip background helped him to defeat other candidates on the short list for the position of general manager in Vietnam at Yahoo! … [Read more...]

Integration and Development

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The visit to Vietnam paid by US billionaire and Chairman of Microsoft Group, Bill Gates, as well as Intel Group's investment capital of one billion USD in Vietnam's rapidly developing IT market has helped highlight the name of Vietnam on the world IT map. Other international companies have also contributed to this impressive upswing, including Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. … [Read more...]

Mobile phone prices to sink, competition to rise

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Mobile phone market competition in Vietnam is set to heat up as producers have plans to offer fresh new phones that are both stylish and cheap. Many mobile phone giants from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong introduced new low cost phones with high-tech features at the recent Telecom 2006 in Ho Chi Minh City. The companies said the new models would hit the Vietnamese market soon. Hong Kong-based Elitek Communication Devices Co. introduced its first 12 camera-phones with MP3 features at prices as staggeringly low as VND850,00 ($53) up to VND3 million ($186) per unit. … [Read more...]

Fierce competition for global phone makers in Vietnam

A German market researcher has forecast Vietnam's cell phone market is headed for 30-50 percent growth this year, pitting global producers supplying the country into fierce competition. Global Germany's GfK Vietnam Asia Pte. Ltd Vietnam said masses of new service providers and increasing consumer incomes have given incentive to booming market. Other market researchers in Vietnam concur. … [Read more...]

Motorola eyes more shares in Vietnam’s telecoms market

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U.S. telecoms giant Motorola is set to expand operations in Vietnam's fast-growing telecoms market in an attempt to regain its position as a market leader in the country, company officials said recently. The move is driven by the firm's recent strong financial performance on Wall Street and its fresh interest in Vietnam's growing market for mobile handsets and telecoms networks, said a Motorola spokesperson. … [Read more...]

3 technology events to take place in HCMC in September

With the theme of "Information and Communication Technology for Business," three consecutive events will be held by the International Data Group (IDG) from September 26 to 28 at the 272 Conference Hall on Vo Thi Sau Street in District 3.

A series of technology events to be organized by an international group will take place in September in Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnam Consumer Digital World Expo 2014 (VCW 2014), to be organized from September 26 to 28, will introduce numerous technology solutions including data analysis, cloud computing, and data centers, which are all expected to help businesses and organizations improve their competitiveness and provide customers with better services. The ASEAN CIO/CSO Awards, intended to honor Chief Information Officers (CIO) and Chief Security Officers (CSO) working at businesses and social organizations who make great efforts to ensure better security control, will kick off on September 26. The third event which will run on September 27 is DEMO ASEAN, a seminar expected to boast exchanges between technology experts, investors and more than 40 start-up groups from Southeast Asian countries. … [Read more...]

VCW Expo 2013 Opens in HCM City

Vietnam Consumer Digital World Expo 2013 (VCW 2013) recently took place at Riverside Palace Convention Centre, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. The event was organised by the International Data Group (IDG ASEAN) in collaboration with the Vietnam Digital Communications Association, the Vietnam Internet Association, the Ho Chi Minh City Information Processing Association, and the CEO & CIO Club. The exhibition consisted of nearly 200 booths for over 100 Vietnamese and foreign exhibitors. Exhibits included hardware, office equipment, digital audio equipment, digital imaging equipment, mobile telecommunications equipment. Specially, at VCW 2013, IDG ASEAN introduced its operating model, ASEAN DEMO, in the world in 22 years, which was brought to Vietnam for the first time. At DEMO ASEAN, start-up companies based on technology platform will introduce new products, services and applications to serve the needs of consumers, businesses, and government organisations. Thu Ha … [Read more...]

Businesses advised to attend more to mobile technology

Ha Van Thieu Phuong Nam, country manager at Qualcomm Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, said that mobile technology was developing rapidly worldwide and booming in Vietnam, exposing good opportunities for enterprises to grab. According to Nam, it took personal computer (PC) 20 years to reach 40% of the world population while it was five years for the Internet penetration to reach such a figure. However, the mobile technology goes faster than that and has coverage of 40% of the world population after only two years and a half. "Right here in Vietnam, mobile technology is developing rapidly when smart phones are growing more popular and Internet and 3G infrastructure have widespread coverage," Nam said. The mobile technology is impacting all sectors from health, education, public management to the environment. Therefore, enterprises should make use of such chances to introduce their business activities such as distribution, sales, human resources management and marketing via mobile … [Read more...]