VN competes with Thailand, Singapore to become global internet hub

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    The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has identified five new sectors that will be on par with telecommunications by 2025 and surpass it by 2030, according to Vu Hoang Lien, chairman of the Vietnam Internet Network Association. That's what it means.

    These include computing cloud, digital platforms, e-commerce, Make in Vietnam industry, and cybersecurity. These will be key growth areas for digital technology and telecommunications companies and the Internet in Vietnam over the next decade.

    Le Tai Hung, strategic director of VNPT (Vietnam Post Telecommunications Group) AI, commented that in the past, humans received information through newspapers and television. After that, the Internet brought a huge amount of information and data. However, in the next generation of the Internet, humans will no longer interact through chats, but will communicate through screens in the usual way.

    “In the future, the real physical world and the virtual world on the Internet will be combined. Thanks to the rapid rise of technologies such as the Metaverse and virtual reality (VR), this could become a reality.” says Hung.

    Nguyen Kim Anh, CPO of VinBigdata, said that the next generation of internet will not depend on geographic location or cable route. In its place will be new technologies that allow users to connect to the Internet anywhere, along with broadband transmission lines that transfer more information.

    When asked if Vietnam could become a hub connecting the world's internet, Sean Bergin, president and co-founder of APTelecom, said it was possible, but it would be a long journey for Vietnam to take. I warned you. And on this path, Vietnam will have to compete with strong regional competitors including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.

    Charles Carsten of AMS-IX said Vietnam has significant advantages in terms of geographical location, government and people's openness to the Internet.

    Meanwhile, VNPT AI's Hung understands Vietnam's advantages of a young population and early access to the internet for Vietnamese people. These will be the driving forces behind the development of the Internet.

    VinBigdata's Anh said that to realize its ambition to become a global internet hub, Vietnam needs a clear and comprehensive strategy for both the country and its people.

    Van Anh


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