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Mobile phone market getting packed in like sardines

VietNamNet Bridge – Though the mobile phone sales reportedly dropped dramatically, more and more manufacturers and distributors still jump into the market.

MIC vows never to let big fish block small fish

The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) is considering collecting fees for additional Internet interconnection or setting up the charges for every connection.

Starbucks makes noisy debut, Trung Nguyen gets boisterous, Highlands keeps quiet

Curiosity has been raised when Highlands Coffee still keeps quiet, while the US Starbucks has entered Vietnam with noisy media campaigns and Trung Nguyen has triggered a war of words with the US giant.

Vegetable oil manufacturers kick off legal battle to protect themselves

Vocarimex, together with the other 7 vegetable oil manufacturers in Vietnam have asked to apply safeguard measures to protect the local production.

Mobile network operators unexpectedly raised 3G service fees

Mobile network operators, which lose billions of dong a year because of OTT apps, have decided to increase the 3G service fee by 25 percent. The move would allow them to pocket VND100 billion a month.

Vietnamese software win away games, lose home games

Technology groups said they have been put at a disadvantage, which may make them defeated on the home market.

Miss Ethnic Vietnam 2013 to be held in Hoi An

VietNamNet Bridge – On March 13, the 3rd Miss Ethnic Vietnam pageant was licensed by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


Vinacomin in the clear over duties; Kazakhstan carrier eyes Hanoi; Kien Giang plans Cambodia sea route; Banks optimistic about inflation; Vietnam, Germany hold seminar on energy policy

Fast food market: bigger burgers to clamp smaller ones

How will the fast food market will be after McDonald’s makes its presence in Vietnam?

Small telcos want bigger pieces of the cake

Vietnamese telecom groups have succeeded in raising the charges on international incoming calls from US2.6 cents to US6.1 cents. However, they have disagreed about the market share allocation.

Cheats sink real travel firms

Too many “bogus” travel firms have appeared on the market, tricking travelers out of money. Meanwhile, travelers don’t know who they should petition to have their interests protected.

A Vietnamese airline stops flying after Tet

A private airline may have to stop flying after Tet (February 2013), Tien Phong has quoted its sources from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) as reporting.

Free chat software market heats up with competition

The competition in the free chat software market has become stiffer than ever with the participation of a lot of big technology groups, both foreign and domestic.

Domestic aviation market still unattractive to airlines (part 3)

VietNamNet Bridge – The domestic aviation market has turned out to be not lucrative as thought.

Local authorities ready for the race of attracting FDI, Vietnam not yet

Local authorities have been hurriedly preparing for the race to attract foreign direct investment (FDI). Meanwhile, Vietnam, at the national level, still has not got ready for the competition with other regional countries.

The big guys sink each other’s soap bubble

VietNamNet Bridge – Foreign-invested enterprises have been dominating the soap powder market, putting domestic manufacturers at a disadvantage.

Le Quang Liem sacrifices three tournaments to catch a tarta

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam’s top chess player Le Quang Liem will open the 2013 season by participating in the Gibraltar Festival Tradewise 2013.

How expensive will Starbucks coffee be in Vietnam?

VietNamNet Bridge – Analysts believe that Starbucks coffee in Vietnam would be closer to the Starbucks coffee in India rather than to China.

Vietnamese fear foreign group monopolizes regional galvanized iron sheet market

Vietnamese Hoa Sen Group has sent a letter to competent agencies, expressing its anxiety that Bluescope Steel group in South East Asia intends to acquire and monopolize the market, according to Dau tu.

Reality shows: high in quantity, low in quality

VietNamNet Bridge - Despite the growing number of television reality shows, the quality of these programs is actually inverse, standard deviation, and in contrast to the format of the foreign original shows.