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Vietnam - Broadband Market and Forecasts


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Having come late to the internet, Vietnam has only recently been exploring the possibilities to be found in higher access speeds. The initial roll-out of some broadband services has been followed by a strong surge in growth, but broadband remained a small but expanding market segment. It needed a stronger market focus by the providers; this seemed to have finally happened with the arrival of mobile broadband. Given that there are signs of an increasingly internet savvy population, it will be interesting to see to what extent the mobile broadband offerings are embraced by the market. Interestingly, the government has been particularly active in the development of cyber laws, no doubt because of its deeply ingrained political culture of central control. This report looks at the development of broadband in Vietnam, as well as providing some general background on the country’s internet market; it also presents some information on the embryonic e-commerce market.

Key developments:

The broadband market has started to grow strongly in Vietnam; annual growth running at 25% (although it experienced a setback in early 2011); wireless broadband services are increasingly popular at the expense of the fixed broadband services; 3G broadband services are filling a major portion of the demand for broadband on the back of lower tariffs and mobility.

Companies covered in this report include:VNPT; Vietnam Datacommunications Company (VDC); FPT Telecom; SaiGonNet; NetNam; Vietnam Television Technology Investment and Development Company (VTC).


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband market in Vietnam
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Dial-up services
2.1.2 Tablet market
2.2 Broadband and internet statistics
2.3 Forecasts – internet services – 2015; 2020
2.4 Background to internet development in Vietnam
2.5 Regulatory environment
2.5.1 Background
2.5.2 Government control
2.5.3 Cyber Law
2.6 Broadband technologies
2.6.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
2.6.2 Cable modem
2.6.3 Wireless broadband
2.6.4 Satellite internet
3. Content and e-services
3.1 E-commerce
3.1.1 E-commerce development
3.1.2 Government planning and regulation
3.2 E-Government
3.2.1 E-NA
3.2.2 E-taxation
3.3 E-education
3.4 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
3.4.1 Background
4. Notes on scenario forecasts
5. Related reports
List of Tables and Charts
Table 1 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2003 - 2012
Table 2 – Fixed broadband subscribers and household overview – 2011
Table 3 – Active mobile-broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2012
Table 4 – Internet users and penetration – 1998 - 2012
Table 5 – Internet subscribers – 1998 - 2012
Table 6 – Households with internet access (%) – 2005 - 2012
Table 7 – Total international internet bandwidth – 2003 - 2012
Table 8 – Forecast internet subscribers and penetration rates – 2015; 2020
Table 9 – Fixed broadband DSL subscribers – 2003 - 2012
Table 10 – VNPT/VDC fixed broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2011
Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration – 2000 - 2012

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