VNPT plans expanding to equipment production

February 23, 2016 | 11:23 am GMT+7

Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) is planning an expansion in equipment manufacturing, adding to its current three main operations namely infrastructure, mobile network and media services.


At the group’s recent 2016 plan deployment meeting, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son opted to name manufacturing as the base for VNPT’s sustainable development and its key to increase competitiveness.

“VNPT should prepare to establish a manufacturing arm in 2016,” said the Minister.
According to Tran Manh Hung, chairman of VNPT’s board of members, the group’s strategy is to switch from providing purely telecommunication services to services that integrate telecommunication with information technology to better serve individual customers, companies, and governmental clients. Manufacturing equipment is not only going to help VNPT meet the needs of Vietnamese customers, but will also enable it to compete internationally.
The focus on equipment manufacturing stems from a recognised demand of customers. According to VNPT General Director Pham Duc Long, most of the IT and terminal equipment of Vietnamese mobile service providers are imported. Meanwhile, information security is getting tougher to reliably guarantee, and terminal equipment is where customers’ information is physically stored.
Mr. Long said that in 2016 VNPT would concentrate efforts on producing peripheral equipment, besides electronics, telecom, and IT equipment. The products will not only be sold domestically but will also be exported.
Apart from producing equipment, VNPT is also planning to provide more value-added services in healthcare and education as well as serve social needs. The company is in the process of expanding its health information system (VNPT-HIS), which integrates all patient information from different hospitals into a single database. The system will also enable patients to retrieve appointment schedules and prescriptions and provide information to regulating government agencies. As of the end of 2015 the solution was used by about 400 health facilities across six provinces of the country.
In a recent interview with local media, General Director Pham Duc Long noted that producing equipment and providing value-added services would make up two of the four pillars of VNPT development strategy in the years to come, besides building the national telecom infrastructure and providing mobile and data services.