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Vietnam’s ICT industry sets ambitious goals for H2 after big gains in first half

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With positive results in the first half of 2021, Vietnam’s ICT industry is setting out major tasks for the upcoming months, with digital transformation being a focus.

Vietnam’s ICT industry sets ambitious goals for H2 after big gains in first half
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung chaired the first-half meeting.

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on July 16 held a meeting to review the first-half performance of 2021 and set tasks for the second half.

The virtual meeting attracted the participation of leaders of the MIC, leaders of provinces and cities directly under central management, state agencies, heads of provincial and municipal Departments of Information and Communications, and the business community.

Highlights from H1 

In the first half, the revenue of the post industry reached nearly $900 million, up 23 per cent on-year. The volume of postal products hit over 590 million, up over 30 per cent on-year.

During the period, total revenue from telecommunications services reached nearly VND66.5 trillion ($2.89 billion), up 5 per cent from the same period last year. Mobile Internet speed improved substantially by 35.5 per cent on-year.

The total revenue of the ICT industry hit $65 billion, up 22 per cent on-year. The total number of digital technology businesses increased to 61,359, up 20.11 per cent on-year.

Between January and June, the MIC directed and urged telecom businesses to sign and implement plans to deal with junk SIM, spam messages, and spam calls by applying new technology solutions and improving internal management. It was estimated that the number of junk SIMs fell by over 60 per cent on-year, while spam messages and spam calls dropped 68.6 per cent and 32 per cent on-year, respectively.

Vietnam’s ICT industry sets ambitious goals for H2 after big gains in first half
The virtual meeting to review the performance of the ICT industry in the first half and discuss key tasks for H2.

The MIC actively supported ministries, agencies, and localities in developing e-government and digital government: About 12 ministries and agencies as well as 49 cities and provinces are developing and updating e-government architecture 2.0, while 11 ministries and agencies and 37 cities and provinces issued action plans/programmes on digital transformation. The MIC also urged digital technology firms to develop and announce 43 digital platforms.

For the first time, ministries, agencies and localities joined force to support the MIC in promoting the sales of farm produce via the e-commerce platforms of postal firms. This is also the first time litchi from the northern province of Bac Gang was exported to the EU via trans-national e-commerce on made-in-Vietnam e-commerce platforms.

In the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) 2020, Vietnam jumped to the 25th position out of 194 countries and territories.

Key tasks for H2 

The MIC will focus on the completion of major strategies such as the strategy on the development of postal infrastructure, digital infrastructure, and national database development to promote the country’s diverse programmes and national strategies to promote digital government, cybersecurity, and the establishment of the digital economy.

Specifically, in the telecommunications industry, the auction of frequency bands will be promoted, while boosting 5G availability at concentrated IT areas, industrial parks, research centres, and universities to support the commercialisation of 5G.

IT application will accelerate the digital transformation of ministries, agencies, as well as cities and provinces in line with the prime minister’s directions. This process will be based on three major pillars: digital government, digital economy, and digital society, while supporting ministries, agencies, and localities to fulfil the target of putting 100 per cent of Level 4 public services online and completing national digital technology platforms to serve the COVID-19 prevention and fight.

In the field of digital economy, the MIC is compiling statistics and is identifying standards on digital economy to calculate its contribution to GDP/GRDP. At the same time, it will strongly implement the programme on supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in digital transformation, and will build a set of indicators to assess digital transformation among businesses.

In the ICT industry, the ministry will encourage cities and provinces to issue plans on developing digital technology firms in line with the national digital transformation strategy while submitting plans to the prime minister for the establishment of two concentrated IT parks in Thai Nguyen and Bac Ninh.

Source: VIR

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17 tigers illegally caged in Nghe An

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The police agency of the central province of Nghe An on August 4 discovered 17 tigers illegally raised by two households.

Fourteen adult tigers were found in cages of a family in Nam Vuc village in Do Thanh Commune, Yen Thanh District.

Nguyen Van Hien, born in 1982 and Ho Thi Thanh, born in 1990, confessed to buying baby tigers from Laos to raise in an 80sq.m cage. The tigers currently weigh nearly 200kg each.

Three other adult tigers were raised by a woman named Nguyen Thi Dinh, born 1971, in Phu Xuan village of the same commune.

Dinh built a system of basements for tiger farming on an area of 120m2. Each individual tiger weighs from 225kg to 265kg.

This is the largest case of this kind in Nghe An.

The police sent vehicles to transport the 17 tigers to a local animal rescue center for daily care and investigation. To remove the tigers from cages, veterinarians injected them with anesthetic.

Hình ảnh chuồng sắt nhốt 17 con hổ như nuôi lợn trong nhà dân ở Nghệ An

A tiger raised by Nguyen Van Hien and Ho Thi Thanh.

Hình ảnh chuồng sắt nhốt 17 con hổ như nuôi lợn trong nhà dân ở Nghệ An
Hình ảnh chuồng sắt nhốt 17 con hổ như nuôi lợn trong nhà dân ở Nghệ An
Tigers in cage.
Hình ảnh chuồng sắt nhốt 17 con hổ như nuôi lợn trong nhà dân ở Nghệ An

The police and forest rangers transfered the tigers to a local animal rescue center for daily care and investigation.

Hình ảnh chuồng sắt nhốt 17 con hổ như nuôi lợn trong nhà dân ở Nghệ An

To remove the tigers from cages, veterinarians injected them with anesthetic.

Hình ảnh chuồng sắt nhốt 17 con hổ như nuôi lợn trong nhà dân ở Nghệ An

Each tiger weighs from 200 to 265kg.

17 tigers illegally caged in Nghe An
17 tigers illegally caged in Nghe An
17 tigers illegally caged in Nghe An
17 tigers illegally caged in Nghe An
Hình ảnh chuồng sắt nhốt 17 con hổ như nuôi lợn trong nhà dân ở Nghệ An
Many local residents witness the case.

Quoc Huy

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People complain about slow internet speed during social distancing

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Internet service providers are bearing pressure as people’s daily activities now rely more on the internet during social distancing.

People complain about slow internet speed during social distancing

VietNamNet readers have been complaining about internet problems these days, especially the low speed.

Complaints about internet quality can be seen in chat groups of social networks. The common problem is the difficulty in accessing foreign websites. Some people said they cannot even watch videos on YouTube.

When VietNamNet reporters called VNPT to ask about the troubles with international transmission line, they were told that the internet service provider is having problems with the undersea cable.

“The incident occurred at 4 am of July 19 and is expected to be fixed by 8 pm of August 3. This has had little effect on international transmission capability, and domestic transmission lines operate normally,” the representative of VNPT said, adding that the incident has affected users in all regions.

According to VNPT, since the beginning of July, the AEE-1 and AAG cable systems have faced incidents, leading to lower international internet quality of all network operators in Vietnam, including VNPT.

VNPT reported that its internet use capacity has increased by 20 percent compared with ordinary days, resulting in overloading in some rush hours.

In order to minimize the effects of the cable system incident on internet service quality and ensure quality for online working and learning, VNPT has used capacity from other cable systems and promoted the opening of a content delivery network (CDN) with content providers.

The AAG cable system has now been fully recovered and the international internet service quality has returned to normal.

To improve service quality, VNPT plans to increase the international cable capability by another 30 percent by the end of 2021 and promote the opening of CDN of the world’s content providers.

VNPT has invested in a project on building SJC2 undersea fiber optic cable system with landing station in Quy Nhon. It is scheduled to be put into operation in 2022.

Asked about the incident on July 19 with the AAG, VIA said incidents occur often with AAG. However, this incident may have caused more impact because people are using the internet more than usual. 

Trong Dat

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/sci-tech-environment/people-complain-about-slow-internet-speed-during-social-distancing-762602.html

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17 tigers illegally kept in captivity in central Vietnam

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Police have discovered 17 adolescent tiger individuals being raised in two households in Nghe An Province, central Vietnam, local authorities said on August 4.

17 tigers illegally kept in captivity in central Vietnam
The tigers have been transported to an animal rescue centre for care. (Photo: dantri.com.vn)

Fourteen of the captive tigers weighing approximately 200 kilos each were found in a family in Nam Vuc Village, Do Thanh Commune, said local police.

Nguyen Van Hien, 39, who has raised the tigers, confessed that he had purchased the cubs from Laos and refurbished the barn system for captive breeding.

Also on August 4, the police caught red handed Nguyen Thi Dinh, 50, keeping three adolescent tigers in captivity in her house in Phu Xuan Village, Do Thanh Commune. Each tiger weighs between 225 – 265 kilos.

To avoid detection by local authorities, Dinh had built a 120m2 cellar to keep the tigers in captivity.

The police sent vehicles to transport these 17 tigers to a local animal rescue centre for daily care and investigation.

Source: VOV

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