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State-owned Vinaphone last week became the first to conduct 5G commercial tests in both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
In Hanoi, VnExpress reporters using 5G devices were able to reach download speeds of 721 megabit per second (Mbps), or 10 times higher than 4G speeds. In HCMC, it reached 1,000 Mbps, with downloading a 1.16 gigabyte (GB) app taking around 34 seconds.
Vinaphone also unveiled its 5G routers developed in partnership with Finland’s Nokia.
The device collects 5G waves and broadcasts it as wifi signals, enabling Internet use in households without the need for fiber-optic cables.
Military-run Viettel commercially tested its 5G broadcast in Hanoi on November 30, achieving 10 times the download speeds of 4G when the user is in one place and five times when travelling in a vehicle.
Viettel has put up 100 base stations in the city’s three downtown districts, and users with 5G devices can start experiencing the technology without the need to change their sim cards.
Of the 100 stations, it produced 15 in-house and bought the rest from Sweden’s Ericsson.
The company plans to expand to Da Nang and HCMC soon.
Le Dang Dung, the chairman of the company, said when 5G transmission is stable it could help doctors perform surgeries through the Internet and factories could be completely automated.
Another state-owned telecom firm, MobiFone, began commercially testing 5G services in HCMC on November 27, achieving average speeds of 600-800 Mbps, going up to 1,500 Mbps.
The company plans to install 50 stations in the city this month.
But it will take time for smartphone makers and networks to perfect 5G operations.
Some Huawei, Xiaomi, Asus, Nokia, and Oppo devices can use 5G, but Samsung devices have to wait until the end of the year at least, and it is unclear when iPhone devices will be able to connect in Vietnam.
The subscription rate is a concern among users. Currently operators are providing free data to promote the new technology, but it is unclear what the tariffs will be.
During the commercial test period, the Ministry of Information and Communications has limited the rates to the same level as for 4G, but operators can later change them.
Pham Ngoc Tu, head of Vinaphone’s services research and development department, said it is still too early to determine 5G rates, and the company needs to establish around 50,000 stations to calculate prices.
Communications minister Nguyen Manh Hung said in 2018 that Vietnam would be one of the first countries in the world to launch 5G services.
It was seven or eight years behind in adopting 3G and 4G technologies, but not with 5G, he promised last month, adding that it would be widely available in the country from next year.
The Hanoitimes – Taipei-listed Pegatron joins Apple’s two other iPhone assemblers — Wistron Corp. and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. — in developing manufacturing facilities or building extra capacity in Vietnam.
Taiwan-based Pegatron Corporation plans to set up production facilities in Vietnam, becoming Apple’s latest assembly partner to establish a presence in the country in a bid to diversify beyond China, Bloomberg reported.
Taipei-listed Pegatron is looking for a site to build a brand new facility in the north of Vietnam, according to people familiar with the matter. It already has rented a separate facility in the northern city of Haiphong, they said. Pegatron will make styluses for Samsung Electronics’s smartphones there, one of the people said. The gadget manufacturer’s share price remained largely unchanged in Tuesday trading.
Pegatron joins Apple’s two other iPhone assemblers — Wistron Corp. and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. — in developing manufacturing facilities or building extra capacity in Vietnam. None of the three are making iPhones in Vietnam and have no imminent plans to do so. The only Apple device Pegatron makes is iPhones. GoerTek Inc. is now making AirPods in the country, while two other Apple assembly partners, Compal Electronics Inc. and Luxshare Precision Industry Co., also have a presence in Vietnam.
The ongoing trade war between the US and China is a factor behind this move. Though Washington and Beijing have signed a phase-one trade deal, supply-chain diversification is still essential in the longer term given tensions are unlikely to fully subside and labor costs are rising in China.
Taiwanese companies have been particularly active in their search for options, with companies from Inventec Corp. to Foxconn Technology Group either moving production back home or to more distant regions around Asia, seeking to escape US tariffs.
Vietnam has been a top beneficiary from tariff-related trade diversions. Indonesia has also gained, including garnering investment from Pegatron.
The Hanoitimes – Samsung stands to be a major beneficiary of the China production problems announced by rival Apple, reaping the rewards of a decade-long bet on low-cost smartphone manufacturing in Vietnam.
Apple’s announcement last week that it was unlikely to meet its revenue forecast for the first quarter due to the Covid-19 epidemic in China could provide an opening for its rival Samsung, where the South Korean manufacturer’s major facilities in Vietnam operate at full capacity.
|A Samsung Electronics plant in Vietnam|
As reported by Reuters, manufacturing facilities in China that produce Apple’s IPhone and other electronic gadgets began to reopen last week, but they were ramping up more slowly than expected.
That will mean fewer iPhones available for sale around the world, making Apple one of the largest Western firms to be hurt by the epidemic.
Some of its retail stores in the country remain closed or are operating at reduced hours, which will hurt sales this quarter. China accounted for 15% of Apple’s revenue, or US$13.6 billion, last quarter, and supplied 18% of revenue in the year-ago quarter.
“The magnitude of this impact to miss its revenue guidance midway through February is clearly worse than feared,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note.
Meanwhile, Samsung’s statistics revealed around 50% of the giant’s smartphones and tablets are produced in Vietnam and exported to 128 countries and territories, including the US, Europe, Russia and Southeast Asia.
In 2008 – 2018, Samsung increased its investment in Vietnam from US$670 million to over US$17.3 billion, a 26-fold increase.
Nguyen Tri Thong, corporate marketing director at local smartphone unit Samsung Vina Electronics told Nikkei Samsung Vietnam’s operations are in perfect condition and running at full capacity.
Samsung has also largely ceded the China market to its rivals in recent years, meaning it won’t suffer from the store closures and drop in demand that is hitting Apple and others.
“Samsung is better positioned to weather the virus fallout than its formidable rivals such as Huawei and Apple,” a person with knowledge of Samsung’s supply chain told Reuters.
“The virus exposed China risks. We feel fortunate that we were able to escape the risks,” he said.
Another person familiar with Samsung’s thinking told Reuters: “Samsung does not say it publicly. But it is relieved.”
Still, two sources familiar with Samsung’s Vietnam operations cautioned that should the virus outbreak prolong, Samsung would feel the impact, as the company sources many components from China.
Samsung ended its own smartphone production in China last year as its market share plunged to nearly zero.
During a visit of Minister of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung to Samsung Electronics Vietnam Thai Nguyen on February 13, General Director of Samsung Vietnam Choi Joo Ho said the company, with 130,000 employees nationwide, has not reported any case of infection so far.
“As the Vietnamese government is stepping up efforts against the outbreak, Samsung is determined to prevent Covid-19 from infiltrating its manufacturing facilities,” Choi stressed.
Still coping with difficulties caused by Covid-19, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) also face risks in information and data security in 2021.
Kaspersky’s report on the impact of Covid-19 on SMEs in 2020 pointed out that as the pandemic has caused serious damage to businesses, many of them cut their budgets for information technology and information security solutions in 2021. Micro businesses and business households do not have enough money to hire workers in charge of information security.
Experts said ransomeware of different types ‘mushroomed’ in 2020, targeting more subjects and increasing the level of danger. They have targeted hospitals, medical and financial institutions, important agencies, factories and infrastructure items in order to increase the pressure and require ransoms.
Meanwhile, the level of awareness and vigilance of SMEs about the malware remains modest.
A report from Coveware showed that ransomware ‘favors’ SMEs with fewer than 100 officers with 55 percent of attacks targeting this group of businesses.
The majority of SMEs that are victims of ransomeware pay ransoms in exchange to get back for their important data.
A new characteristic of Ransomware 2.0 is that they not only encrypt data and require ransoms, but also blackmail victims in exchange for not making public the data.
Scamming via emails, mobile messages
Hackers exploit mistakes by officers and key personnel in enterprises and organizations to penetrate into their systems, and steal financial information and enterprises’ data.
Abnormal Security reported that the number of phishing emails disguised as invoices and payments has increased by 81 percent, causing a loss of $81,000 on average for every attack.
Experts found that it is easier to cheat people via mobile messages associated with links that people click on. This type of phishing has become favored by hackers.
Ngo Tran Vu, CEO of NTS Security, said the Covid-19 pandemic has forcef SMEs to run a remote working regime, which is a high risk for businesses’ information safety.
“Officers working from a distance tend to be (careless) when accessing enterprises’ secret information. They may access businesses’ accounts from public wifi networks which can be hacked easily,” he said.
The devices they use, such as computers and smartphones, also cannot be protected well like devices at office which are protected by professional IT officers. Therefore, businesses need to set principles for information access to protect data.
“A plan for safe remote work and scenarios to respond to emergency cases are necessary for SMEs,” Vu said.
He went on to say that backup, both offline and online, on clouds will help reduce risks from ransomware.
The Ministry of Information and Communications has determined that the cloud computing platform is a key part of telecommunications infrastructure to focus on in the coming years.
Pawsitive of the University of Engineering and Technology under the Vietnam National University, Hanoi excellently surpassed rivals to gain the first place at the ASEAN Student Contest on Information Security 2020’s qualifier on October 31.
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