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Over 20 years of development, the Internet in Việt Nam has made impressive advances, permeating into every part of daily life and changing people’s habits, noted Trương Minh Tuấn, Minister of Information and Communications at an event marking Internet Day 2017.

The Việt Nam Internet Association (VIA) organised Internet Day 2017 on the 20th anniversary of the Internet in Việt Nam in Hà Nội yesterday. — Photo ictnews.vn

 

The Việt Nam Internet Association (VIA) organised Internet Day 2017 on the 20th anniversary of the Internet in Việt Nam in Hà Nội yesterday.

The event was a special occasion to look back on the growth of the Internet in Việt Nam, while offering suggestions to further promote its development to bring prosperity to the nation in the future. 

Speaking at the event, the minister noted that 20 years ago, November 19, 1997 marked an important milestone in the history of the Vietnamese information and communication industry, when Việt Nam officially connected to the Internet.

According to the minister, to ensure the continued development of the Internet in Việt Nam, the part played by telecommunication and information technology infrastructure must be acknowledged.

“From the 1990s, Việt Nam is known for its early deployment of 2G networks and continued spread of 3G and 4G, with modern telecommunication and Internet infrastructure, covering the nation from cities to rural areas, mountainous provinces to the islands,” he said.

According to statistics from the beginning of this year, Việt Nam has more than 50 million Internet users, accounting for 54 per cent of the population, higher than the global average at 46.64 per cent.

Việt Nam is also listed among countries with the highest number of Internet users in Asia.

Compared to more than 31 million users in 2012; 17 million in the past 10 years and 205,000 people in the early days of the Internet in Việt Nam, it can be said that the country has made impressive strides, the minister said.

The Ministry of Information and Communications is also trying to promote the development of information technology, the digital content industry and the application of added value on the Internet, along with the development of fields such as advertising, games, e-commerce and e-payment.

“Along with the achievements of Internet infrastructure businesses such as Viettel, VNPT, FPT or CMC, many big digital content companies such as VTC, VNG and VCCorp have firm positions domestically and are reaching out to the world,” said the minister.

Many applications developed by domestic businesses and individuals have resonated internationally, such as Flappy Bird and Monkey Junior.

In governmental agencies, hundreds of online public services have been deployed at level 3 and level 4, Tuấn noted.

Many ministries, agencies and localities have even opened official accounts on social networks to interact with citizens quickly and effectively, which has received a positive response.

“This is a foundation for Internet applications at higher and more complicated levels, such as e-government, smart cities, smart traffic and smart education,” he said.

The minister also noted that as Việt Nam steps into the 4th industrial revolution, all industries and fields must go digital.

To be able to do this, Việt Nam needs to focus on promoting the development of information technology, telecommunications and Internet infrastructure, digital content and the application of added value in the country sustainably.

"In the future, we need to implement policies and solutions to support and encourage Vietnamese enterprises to confidently embrace Industry 4.0," Tuấn said.

However, the Internet also presents a number of challenges.

Currently, the amount of malicious information appearing on the Internet and social networking is increasing, especially fake and distorted information, which insults personal and organisational dignity.

In addition, issues such as cyber attacks, unsafe information, spam, malware and blackmail aimed at businesses, agencies and organisations in Việt Nam, are increasing in number, scale and complexity.

Therefore, the Ministry of Information and Communications and related ministries and agencies have been implementing measures to prevent and handle the violations.

At the ceremony, the VIA also announced the 10 most influential people who have played a significant role in the development of the Internet over the past 20 years.

They include Mai Liêm Trực – former deputy minister of Post and Telematics; Trương Gia Bình – chairman of technology company FPT; Nguyễn Trung Chính – chairman of CMC Corporation; Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng – general director of the military-run telecom group Viettel; Trần Mạnh Hùng – chairman of Việt Nam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT); Vũ Hoàng Liên – chairman of VIA; Lê Hồng Minh – chairman of VNG Corporation; Nguyễn Tử Quảng – Chairman of BKAV Technology Group; Lê Nam Thắng – former deputy minister of Information and Communications and Thang Đức Thắng - Editor-in-chief of VnExpress.

Five enterprises which have had a significant effect on the Internet in Việt Nam were named as VNPT; Viettel; FPT Telecom Joint Stock Company; MobiFone Telecommunications Corporation and CMC Corporation. 

VN’s internet: Most influential individuals, enterprises announced

The Việt Nam Internet Association (VIA) has announced the list of the most influential people and businesses contributing to the internet’s development in Việt Nam at Internet Day 2017 and the anniversary ceremony held to mark 20 years of the internet in Việt Nam.

According to the list, the 10 most influential people playing a significant role in the development of the internet in the past 20 years are the following:

  1. Mai Liêm Trực – Former deputy minister of Post and Telematics
  2. Trương Gia Bình – Chairman of technology company FPT
  3. Nguyễn Trung Chính – Chairman of CMC Corporation
  4. Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng – General director of the military-run telecom group Viettel
  5. Trần Mạnh Hùng – Chairman of Việt Nam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT)
  6. Vũ Hoàng Liên – Chairman of Việt Nam Internet Association (VIA)
  7. Lê Hồng Minh – Chairman of VNG Corporation
  8. Nguyễn Tử Quảng – Chairman of BKAV Technology Group 
  9. Lê Nam Thắng – Former deputy minister of Information and Communications
  10. Thang Đức Thắng - Editor-in-chief of VnExpress

Criteria for personal votes include individuals who have contributed effectively in policies and strategies to promote internet development in Việt Nam; and individuals who have contributed remarkably to the development of internet subscribers, providing internet access services to a number of people and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to application development, value added services and digital content services on the internet for Vietnamese users.

The other criteria is for individuals who have contributed significantly to promoting a secure internet environment and clean competition for the internet business in Việt Nam.

The following five enterprises have had a significant effect on the internet in Việt Nam:

  1. Việt Nam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT)
  2. Việt Nam Military Telecommunications Group (Viettel)
  3. FPT Telecom Joint Stock Company
  4. MobiFone Telecommunications Corporation
  5. CMC Corporation

The top 10 Internet services and applications enterprises that have had the greatest impact on the development of the internet over the past decade are the following:

  1. VCCorp Corporation
  2. VNG Joint Stock Company 
  3. FPT Online Joint Stock Company
  4. VNPT Media Corporation
  5. VTC Technology and Digital Content Company
  6. Viettel Telecom Corporation 
  7. NCT Corporation (nhaccuatui.com)
  8. Tiki Joint Stock company
  9. Topica Edtech Group
  10. NextTech Group

Internet Day 2017 and the anniversary ceremony marking 20 years of the internet in Việt Nam was organised by VIA at JW Marriott Hà Nội Hotel on Wednesday.

The event was a special occasion to look back on the internet’s development in Việt Nam, along with giving suggestions to further promote the development of the internet in the country to bring prosperity to the nation in the future. 

 

Source: VNS

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