Internet Day celebrates growth of online activity

Update: December, 06/2014 - 10:13
The booth of VNPT Technology on display at the Internet Day in HCM City. — Photo
HCM City (VNS)— Officials recognised the importance of the internet to daily life but stressed the importance of data security and other precautionary measures during the Viet Nam Internet Association's Internet Day event held yesterday in HCM City.

"The Viet Nam Internet Association would like to create an annual internet day or event for users, enterprises, organisations and State offices to prepare for co-operation among international partners and the community," Vu Hoang Lien, chairman of the association, said yesterday at a conference and exhibition held in the city.

Lien said that internet infrastructure had developed well in the country, with fiber optical cables linked to many cities.

"Cloud computing and content distribution network applications have also promoted efficiency in internet-based IT application and development," Lien said.

Mobile devices connected through 3G have enhanced the usage of internet applications in daily life as well, and the average internet access speed along with cheap prices for internet service, especially for 3G, have attracted more internet users.

"The online community and over-the-top (OTT) services have changed communication and it has seriously affected real life," the chairman said.

In addition, online marketing, internet banking and e-commerce have developed well and brought huge benefits to internet users as well as enterprises.

However, he noted that information security on the internet "is still a problem, and there are concerns from internet users, enterprises and governments."

To create a healthy internet environment, the VIA chairman suggested that Viet Nam should create reliable service providers, quality service, civilized users, a healthy online community and a legal framework.

According to Business Monitor International, 34 per cent of Viet Nam's population of 92 million are using the internet.

Viet Nam ranks 15th in the world for internet user growth, with a 9 per cent annual growth rate.

Thanks to the growth, related internet services like added services, e-commerce, digital content and online applications – especially for mobile applications – increased significantly this year.

In e-commerce, 39 per cent of internet users were buying products or services online.

Sixty per cent of them notice adverts on online newspapers, and the over-the-top services have expanded greatly. For instance, 20 million people use Zalo services and send 250 million messages a day. — VNS