China's ZTE apologizes after paying 'disastrous price' in U.S. sanction case <p align="left" class="SGTOSummary"> HONG KONG/SHENZHEN (REUTERS) - The chairman of ZTE Corp apologized to staff and customers last week after the Chinese technology firm agreed to pay a US$1 billion fine to the United States to end a supplier ban that has crippled its business.</p> <p> The deal allows China’s second-largest telecoms equipment firm to restart operations, reaffirm supplier relationships and rebuild trust with global clients, as it works to move on from an episode which it said threatened its very existence.</p> <p> But industry experts estimate it would take at least a month for ZTE to ship phones again after the ban is lifted, while employees fear job cuts, wage reductions and a potential loss of customers, as the firm is set to reshuffle senior management.</p> <p> The company agreed on Thursday to pay the fine and overhaul its leadership to … [Read more...] about China’s ZTE apologizes after paying ‘disastrous price’ in U.S. sanction case
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Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by The Editor. Next week: Why do you choose motorbikes over other means of transport despite the traffic chaos? Anyone who has ever lived in Việt Nam, or looked at tourism information about the country, must have heard a million times how terrible and chaotic the traffic is. Yet it has become an increasingly familiar sight to spot an expat (or two) riding a motorbike, with or without helmet, in the middle of the crowded streets of Hà Nội and HCM City. The question is: why do you pick motorbikes when there are other means of transportation, like cars, taxis or public buses, which are at least safer in some regards? Is it because riding motorbikes is a way to blend in with the locals, or just for convenience? Do you think that being able to ride a motorbike is an experience worth taking when travelling in Việt Nam? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 … [Read more...] about Why do you choose motorbikes over other means of transport despite the traffic chaos?
S-Fone, the fourth largest mobile phone network in Vietnam, July 1 announced it attracted 5 million subscribers after five-year operation in the Vietnamese market.   A source from the company said S-Fone attracted an additional 1.5 million subscribers in the first half of this year, representing a growth rate of 42.9 per cent against late last year.   To teach the goal of six million subscribers by the of 2008, S-Fone will pour US$100 million to increase coverage and launched new Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology-based valued added services.   It is also preparing to install 700 Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) to expand coverage to all districts nationwide.   Meanwhile, the firm is upgrading the Evolution Data Optimized (EVDO) in 5 existing provinces and cities and expanding EVDO services, especially Mobile Internet, to Nha Trang, Vung Tau and Phan Thiet, serve tourists.   All S-Fone&rsquos postpaid subscribers activated … [Read more...] about S-Fone Welcomes 5 Millionth Subscriber
SEOUL, June 12, 2010 (AFP) - North Korea Saturday threatened to attack loudspeakers set up to broadcast South Korean propaganda and said it could turn Seoul "into a sea of flame" as tensions flared over the sinking of a warship. The North's General Staff of the Korean People's Army made the threat in response to Seoul setting up the speakers at 11 locations along the tense border to resume anti-Pyongyang broadcasts which have been suspended since 2004. "The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK (North Korea) will launch an all-out military strike to blow up the group's means for the psychological warfare," it said in a statement. "It should bear in mind that the military retaliation of the DPRK is a merciless strike foreseeing even the turn of Seoul, the stronghold of the group of traitors, into a sea of flame," it said. Tensions are high after a multinational investigation said last month a submarine from the North torpedoed a 1,200-tonne South Korean corvette near the … [Read more...] about N.Korea threatens military strikes on S.Korea loudspeakers
Tran Khang Thuy, Director of the Economic Science Research Center under the Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics, told Tuoi Tre that Vietnam could certainly afford wind and solar power. In the following interview, Thuy said it wasn't money that prevents Vietnam from switching from thermoelectricity plants using fossil fuels to wind and solar power plants. What is the main reason then? It's essential for Vietnam to develop renewable energy. That everybody can say, but what people don't say is that Vietnam is facing a serious threat to its energy securities. In this summer, if any of our hydroelectric power plants that have a capacity of over 100 MW stops working for one reason or another, or any of our foreign electricity suppliers stop supplying, we will immediately face a shortage of electricity. I can say once and for all that the prices of wind and solar power aren't the problem. Our main problem is lack of policies and vision. To be honest, we don't have policymakers … [Read more...] about Renewable energy within Vietnam’s means