Vietnam: “Phone Home” (Explosion in cell phone users and transport needs)
July 7, 2007
VietNamNet Bridge (Communist Net Feed) – By the end of June 2007, Vietnam had 38.8 million phone subscribers, 74% of whom were mobile subscribers.
In June alone, Vietnam had an additional 11 million phone subscribers, equivalent to the total number of new subscribers in 2006. Vietnam has reached a ratio of 45.8 phones per 100 residents.
The country also has 4.52 million Internet subscribers, equivalent to 16.2 million Internet users, reaching a ratio of 19.5% of the population. The total number of broadband Internet subscribers is 753,000.
The postal network has more than 19,000 service points. Each point serves residents in a diameter of 2.37km or 4,400 people on average.
According to Deputy Minister of Post and Telematics Le Nam Thang, the biggest worry of state management agencies in the fields of telecom and IT in the first half of 2007 was the theft of undersea optical cable.
Mr. Thang said that the Ministry of Post and Telematics would compile an instruction on protecting international telecom systems, especially the undersea optical cable networks to submit to the Prime Minister for consideration.
Vietnam urges Japan to complete transport studies
VietNamNet Bridge (Communist Net Feed) – Vietnam has asked Japan to wrap up its study on Vietnam’s overall transportation system in order for development programmes to take place as quickly as possible.
Acting co-Chairman of the Sub-committee on three major infrastructure projects of the Vietnam-Japan Joint Co-ordination Committee, Nguyen Xuan Tien made the request at the sub-committee’s meeting in Hanoi, on July 6.
The plans are integral to the development of the country’s infrastructure and transport system, said Tien, who is also deputy head of the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Department for External Economy.
“Vietnam hopes the Japanese side will accelerate its studies and surveys so an overall report is released as soon as possible,” Tien said.In response, Minister of the Japanese Embassy and co-Chairman of the Sub-committee, Matsunaga Daisuke, said Japan will endeavour to complete the studies as soon as possible.