Many viral trends on social networks occurred in 2020.
Because of social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, people spent more time at home rather than going out. They tended to log in social networks more frequently.
That was why many trends were initiated in 2020, including #DollyPartonchallenge (posting images of four moments with the names of four different social networks), #ChloeTingChallenge (doing gym for 14 days), the challenge of taking pictures in washing machine cage, #LipstickChallenge (putting lipstick on clavicle collar-bone), #PillowChallenge (taking pictures with pillow which turns into a dress) and #shoppingbagchallenge (turning handbags into dress).
These challenges received positive response from women throughout the last year.
There were different names for the trend, but in general, people called this the coffin carrying dance of the boys from Ghana.
This group of dancers has been active for a long time with countless clips recorded online, but it was only in 2020 that the images of five men dancing to Astronomia music (Tony Igy) spread around the world.
Since March 2020, the images of these five guys have appeared in e
Many humorous videos.
Loving kitchen, addicted to home
“Yeu bep nghien nha” (loving the kitchen and addicted to the home) was an original trend of Vietnamese which emerged during the pandemic.
Some young people set up a group called ‘nghien nha’ (addicted to home) to share the best decorated corners in their houses. Meanwhile, a group called ‘yeu bep’ (loving kitchen) was the place where members shared information about good meals they had prepared.
To date, each of the group has attracted 1.4 million members on Facebook with numerous pictures displayed.
Time of anti groups
2020 was the year which sax a record high number of anti groups established. These included the group who was anti singer Thuy Tien (82,000 members), and beauty Huong Giang (140,000 members).
Every move of celebrities was examined and dissected, and any small mess would be enough to lead to the establishment of an anti group on Facebook. The list of showbiz stars who have anti groups includes Quang Hai (footballer) and his ex-girlfriend, Cat Phuong (actress), Linh Chi (model) and Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc (actress).
In mid-November, Facebook users were encouraged to post their images from 10 years ago and now.
The challenge saw many responses in Vietnam, though users were warned that their personal information could be leaked.
Largest mobile network operators join forces against junk simcards
Under the coordination of VTA, the three largest mobile network operators are working togetjer to implement a plan on managing subscribers’ information, aiming to stop the existence of junk simcards and ready-activated simcards.
Implementing Decree 49/2017, the Vietnam Telecommunications Authority (VTA) in the last two years has been taking measures to deal with ready-activated simcards.
The agency reported that mobile network operators have taken back 26 million junk simcards, a result praised by the National Assembly’s Committee for Science, Technology and the Environment.
The number of ready-activated simcards available in the market has decreased and the telecommunication sector successfully prevented the development of junk simcards.
However, the problem occurred in the first four months of the year. This prompted the three network operators to add measures to strengthen the fight against junk simcards.
This action aims to increase the effectiveness of the plan on managing subscribers’ information and preventing junk simcards that the network operators signed in 2019.
Under the plan, activation of subscribers will be implemented on systems of enterprises and by the officers of enterprises themselves. Meanwhile, sale agents will only work as supporters to the sale and enter information if necessary.
The three telecom carriers will also use technological solutions, such as making video calls to authenticating clients before activating subscriptions. The new plan clearly shows the responsibility of individuals and divisions of enterprises in case they allow violations to occur.
Mobile network operators understand that the settlement of junk simcards will create a premise to develop new services, including Mobile Money, thus helping create space for new development.
Telecol carriers all show determination in improving the efficiency of mobile subscribers’ information and preventing junk simcards.
The telecommunications sector has been struggling with junk simcards for many years and has gained some achievements, but the problem has not been fully cleared.
Agencies have found messages from overseas via the internet sent to domestic subscribers via junk simcards. VTA has discovered that junk simcards and ready-activated simcards have returned. The number of new subscribers in the first three months of the year increased by 10 percent, far higher than the average growth rate of 6 percent in the entire 2020.
Ready-activated simcards still exist in the market and they have been found as legally registered, which shows the holes in pre-paid subscription management.
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) Phan Tam affirmed that the efforts of telecom carriers alone won’t be enough to settle the problem. State management agencies will also have to take responsibility for this by perfecting the legal framework.
Technology and industry critically important to reach developed-country status
VinGroup’s investment in the auto industry is a great challenge, coming from high aspirations and showing a sense of responsibility to the country.
VietNamNet would like to introduce an article by Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung about businesses successful commercial switch to the field of technology.
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung
Vietnam aims to become an industrialized country by 2045, after 100 years of independence, and the country must rely on technology and industry businesses.
Vietnam technology enterprises and the Make In Vietnam program aim to solve the problem of technology and industrial development in Vietnam. In May 2019, the Government held a forum to spread this message. The Prime Minister will issue instructions on developing Vietnamese tech-firms and Make In Vietnam.
The large commercial and service companies, once they have the financial, market, management and human resources potential, must take on the technological and industrial mission of the country. VinGroup is one of the first trade-service groups to announce the strategy to become a technology – industry – and service trade group. The Government supports, encourages and calls for more Vietnamese businesses to develop in this direction.
VinGroup’s investment in the auto industry is a huge challenge stemming from a great aspiration, showing the sense of responsibility to the country of an entrepreneur and a business. But only big challenges create great entrepreneurs and businesses.
The Vietnamese market is the cradle for Vietnamese technology businesses, but in order to grow and compete, they must go global. Global competition is the best test for technology and industry businesses. VinFast has to compete globally – this is a requirement the Government has set for VinFast. But Vietnamese people also have to give priority to using Vietnamese goods, and of course, the quality must be good and the prices reasonable. That is an expression of patriotism, helping Vietnam to rise and reach out.
Make In Vietnam is the master of the design, the core technology, the integration into commercial products. Without mastering these important stages, it is simply an assembly process. VinFast can go from assembly, but it must be a Vietnamese technology company with the “Make In Vietnam” ability, with Vietnamese cars, to be the pride of Vietnamese industry. Let’s put our trust in VinFast, but it is also necessary for Vietnamese management agencies and Vietnamese customers to assess VinFast’s operation strictly, because that is the best way for VinFast to mature.
VinFast has an advantage of being behind but can go first because of this. This means that it can immediately invest in manufacturing electric cars, building factories with the latest, smartest technology, the highest level of automation. Another advantage of VinFast is gathering global talents. If Vietnam wants to develop in the era of innovation, it must be a place of convergence of global talent. But the biggest advantage of Vinfast, of Vingroup, is that it is led by a talented businessman who has national aspirations and part of the F1 generation of entrepreneurs, while global competitors are mostly of a very far time.
With the opening of the VinFast auto factory, we want to convey a message to Vietnamese businesses, especially those with financial potential: Let’s invest in the development of technology and industry in the country, not only for the future of Vietnam but also for the future of these businesses, when technology and industry are the answers to the sustainable development of the country and businesses.
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung
One more Vietnamese carrier provides 5G for iPhone users
IPhone 12 users in Vietnam are now able to experience 5G. Previously, 5G mobile networks only adapted to high-end phone products from Samsung and some Chinese manufacturers.
IPhone 12 users in Vietnam can use 5G. Photo: Trong Dat
VinaPhone has announced that its subscribers who use iPhone 12 can use the 5G network.
Specifically, those who use iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max can use 5G service in Hanoi, Binh Phuoc and Ho Chi Minh City.
To experience 5G mobile network, iPhone users need to upgrade the software to version 14.5 of iOS operating system.
Just a day earlier, Viettel also announced that its subscribers would be the first iPhone 12 users in Vietnam to experience 5G technology.
According to the 2019 Information & Communication whitepaper, Viettel currently accounts for 50% of the mobile phone market share in Vietnam, while VNPT holds 24.5%.
As both Viettel and VinaPhone provide 5G services to iPhone 12 users, about 75% of iPhone 12 users in Vietnam will be able to access the 5G network.
People in five cities and one industrial park in Vietnam now have access to 5G networks. Photo: VinaPhone 5G coverage areas in District 1 (HCMC). Photo: Trong Dat
So far, Apple is the 8th smartphone manufacturer with devices compatible with 5G networks of Vietnamese carriers, which are under trial.
In addition to iPhone 12, the models compatible with 5G network in Vietnam include Samsung (Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 +, Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, Galaxy A32, Galaxy A52…); Oppo (Find X2, Find X2 Pro, Oppo Reno 5G…); Xiaomi (Mi 10T Pro, Mi 11 5G….); Huawei (P40, P40 Pro 5G…); Nokia (8.3 5G); OnePlus (OnePlus 8T, OnePlus Nord 10) and Vivo (X60 Pro, Y72 5G….).
Users of these devices can trial 5G services in Hanoi (Viettel, VinaPhone), Ho Chi Minh City (MobiFone), Binh Phuoc (Viettel, VinaPhone), Bac Ninh (Viettel), Hue (Viettel) and Thu Duc city (Viettel, VinaPhone).
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