Telecoms sector earnings soar
HA NOI — Viet Nam's ICT sector earned US$13.7 billion in 2011, registering a year-on-year increase of 79 per cent, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications.
|People use iPads at a technology fair in HCM City early this year. The nation's telecommunications industry saw earnings last year of US$13.7 billion. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Lam
The hardware sector earned $11.3 billion, accounting for 82 per cent of the sector's total revenue and posting an annual growth rate of 101 per cent.
The official data is part of the Vietnam 2012 ICT White Book, a publication containing information on the country's ICT industry, which was officially released yesterday by the ministry.
The annual official book, jointly compiled by the ministry and the National Steering Committee on ICT, compiles data from related ministries, provincial departments, associations and businesses nationwide.
"Apart from providing a realistic and comprehensive view of the current status of ICT in Viet Nam, the book also focuses on the role of ICT as a critical infrastructure for the country's economic and social development," said Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son.
Telecommunications at a glance
Number of fixed telephone subscribers: 10,174,849
Number of mobilephone subscribers: 127,318,045
Number of internet users: 30,552,417
Number of fixed broadband internet subscribers: 3,828,388
Number of household with internet access: 2,996,221
Number of registered Vietnamese domain names: 548,728
(Source: 2012 ICT White Book)
"It will provide reports outlining the overall situation of ICT development with a comprehensive assessment of the industry."
Son said the publication will be a useful reference for Government agencies, local and foreign organisations and businesses in preparing strategies as well as seeking opportunities for investment in Viet Nam's lucrative ICT sector.
The book, now in its fourth edition, added radio and video broadcasting sectors this year as an integrated part of ICT. — VNS