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Viet Nam ranks in world's top 20 nations for internet use

Update: August, 10/2012 - 10:43

HA NOI — Viet Nam takes the 18th place in the world's top 20 countries using the internet, with over 30 per cent of its population surfing the worldwide web.

According to the Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC), by the end of June, the number of internet users reached a whopping 31 million (35.40 per cent of the population), of which 4.3 million are landline broadband subscribers.


Internet users as percentage of population

Year      Uers          Population        %Pop      Source

2000     200,000       78,900,000    0.3           ITU

2005     10,711,000   83,944,402    12.8%       VNNIC

2007     16,737,129   85,031,436    19.7 %      VNNIC – July/07

2008     20,669,285   86,116,559    24.0 %      VNNIC – Nov/08

2009    22,779,887    88,576,758    25.7 %      VNNIC – Dec/09

2012    31,034,900    91,000,00    35.4 %        VNNIC-June/12

The ranking maintains the country's 8th place in Asia and 3rd place in Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), according to the VNNIC ­– which is affiliated with the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC).

VNNIC's director Tran Minh Tam said better network infrastructure and services were behind the increasing number of users, which helped the country to maintain its high position in recent years.

"Internet service providers are offering more types of internet access with wider coverage, instead of the orthodox ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscription Line) access" he said.

Vu The Binh, director of NetNam ­- a prominent internet service provider - explained that "While Viet Nam's and the world's economies are still in difficulty, it is very encouraging that Viet Nam is in a high position of internet development."

Binh said good pricing policies, especially those applied to 3G (third generation network) wireless access, will further increase the number of internet users.

According to the MIC's internet development plan, landline broadband currently reaches 6-8 subscribers per 100 people, but will increase to 15-20 subscribers per 100 people.

Meanwhile, the number of households with access to the internet is currently at 35-40 per cent of total households, and will increase to 45-50 per cent by 2020. — VNS

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