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...]