The 3rd international conference on mobile information opened in HCM City on May 10, organized by the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and Singapore’s Informa Telecoms & Media.
This is an annual event that promotes development of the mobile information market in Vietnam and sharing experience with international partners.
The conference focuses on experiences gained while developing the regional and global mobile information market, developing trademarks, content and utility for mobile phones, as well as optimising networks and services.
Do Trung Ta, Minister of Post and Telematics said that in the past five years, the Vietnamese mobile market has boomed, posting one of the highest growth rates in the world. The country currently has around 11mil mobile subscribers, accounting for 61 of the total 18mil of telephone subscribers, reaching a ratio of 21.7 phones per 100 residents, doubling figures from 2004. Vietnam plans to double this figure by 2010.
According to the minister, the Mobile Vietnam 2006 conference is very important, in the context of fierce competition among mobile service providers, especially with Vietnam about to become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
The conference attracted twenty leading domestic and foreign speakers, who spoke on issues of broad-band mobile service, 3G, Wimax, and low-cost mobile phones.
The conference also evaluated and forecast developments in the mobile information market in 2006, discussed policy-related issues, and new business and investment opportunities.
On the last day of the conference, May 11, representatives of six mobile networks in Vietnam, VinaPhone, MobiFone, Viettel, EVN Telecom, Hanoi Telecom and S-Fone, will speak about their business experience, marketing strategies, opportunities and challenges.
Last year the mobile information market of Vietnam grew quickly, signing up nearly 8.7mil subscribers. Experts said that this year the local telecom market will develop even more strongly, particularly with the participation of Hanoi Telecom and EVN Telecom mobile networks.