Mobile phone numbers may increase to 11 digits
HA NOI — The Ministry of Information and Communications is looking into the possibility of adding an 11th digit to mobile phone numbers in order to increase the available permutations.
According to analysts, a longer mobile phone number has been proposed and debated several times, but it has now become necessary to bolster the repository of mobile phone numbers. It would also create favourable conditions for companies in building brands with their own mobile phone numbers.
Telecom firms are in favour of the change because an 11-digit number would allow them to sell 100 million cell phone numbers, instead of the 10 million units possible with only 10.
Currently, Viet Nam has about 120 million mobile phone subscribions and that number is expected to increase in the near future.
Information technology sector grows by 15% in 2010
HA NOI — The information technology market in Viet Nam grew fast last year with a revenue of over US$7 billion, a year-on-year increase of 15 per cent, according to the HCM Computer Association.
Software companies boosted the development with a 25 per cent growth.
However, domestic computer manufacturers announced a 25 per cent loss in revenue due to incompetence with imported full-box computers.
VNPT shortlisted for award 2011
HA NOI — Viet Nam Posts and Communications Group (VNPT) announced that "VNPT Broadband Gardens" for the Changing Lives category of Broadband Infovision Awards 2011 has moved into the next round of consideration. The final awards will be released and celebrated in Paris, France on September 27, 2011.
Internet access today is becoming an essential demand for everyone. Yet for some rural areas of Viet Nam, the service is still just a dream. While broadband service is very popular in urban provinces and cities, most people in rural areas, who account for 70 per cent of the population, have never used any advanced telecommunication services, including the Internet.
With many projects for the community underway, such as WiMax network, Visat-IP, satellite launching, VNPT aims to assist rural residences, especially young people, meet their demands for education, networking, information exchanging, and therefore contribute to local socio-economic development.
Broadband Gardens is a telecom services distribution network, with broadband connections for Internet access and also a bridge between customers and businesses. It can be used for information exchange, learning experiences and financial guidance.
HCM City University wins Analog Integrated Circuit award
HCM CITY — HCM City University of Natural Sciences was awarded first prize in the second Analog Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Contest 2011 (AICD-2011) at a ceremony held on Thursday in HCM City.
The AICD 2011 is sponsored by the US-based Analog Devices, the Singapore-based Synopsys and the Integrated Circuit Design Research and Education Centre (ICDREC).
It attracted the participation of 16 teams from universities across the country. Only three teams were selected for the final round.
The University of Technology in Ha Noi won second prize and the University of Technology in Da Nang won third prize.
At the final round held at ICDREC, the three teams presented their analog IC designs, proposals and outcomes of the designs in front of a board of examiners.
The judges, seasoned experts in analog IC, were from Japan, the US, Singapore and Switzerland.
Vietnamese TV viewers enjoy wider choice of HD content
HA NOI — Viet Nam Television Corporation (VTC) has extended channel capacity across its HD and SD services through the deployment of Ericsson advanced compression products.
Ericsson has supplied the VTC with its Video Processor Chassis (VPC), which is a high density, multi-functional, video processing platform that meets the requirements of today's broadcasters.
RIM launches localised version of Blackberry phone
HA NOI — Canadian Research in Motion (RIM) and Brightstar Corp launched a localised version of the Blackberry Bold 9780 smart phone in Viet Nam on Thursday.
Featuring an easy-to-use Vietnamese keypad and specific user interface, the smart phone also comes with the Blackberry 6 operating system.
In another development, military-run Viettel telecoms has worked with RIM to reduce the price of the Blackberry service package in Viet Nam by 50 per cent. Now, subcribers will pay VND250,000 (US$12) per month instead of VND550,000 ($24) previously. — VNS