HA NOI – The Viet Nam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) said it would discontinue providing dial-up internet services due to a decreasing number of subscribers.
According to VNPT Vice-General Director Nghiem Phu Hoan, the state owned telecoms firm already asked the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications (MIT) to approve the move.
The Viet Nam Data Communication Company (VDC), a subsidiary of VNPT in charge of internet provision, said the number of dial-up subscribers had experienced a sharp decline in the last five years due to the popularity of high-speed ADSL internet.
There are more than 10,000 dial-up subscribers in the country compared to 4.2 million subscribers to ADSL broadband (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line).
Head of the MIT telecom department Pham Hong Hai said the ministry is considering allowing the company to cease its service.
Other internet service providers (ISPs) in Viet Nam such as Viettel, FPT Telecom and Netnam ceased providing dial up services fours years ago.
Internet first came to Viet Nam in 1997 and has became more popularity in the 90 million population country during the past ten years with 200,000 users in 2000, 10 million in 2005, 20 million in 2008 and 30 million by the end of March 2012. – VNS