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Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV)

Vietnam - Communications (Telephone, Post, Internet, TV)


Strong advances have been made in basic communications in just the last few years with broadband and other forms of high speed internet becoming much more available in Vietnam than in many countries in the west. Whereas in just 2001 it was difficult to obtain a telephone line in some cases even in large cities, in just the last 2 years, not only are telephones the norm, but high speed internet connections of all types are becoming more common. In the countryside it's quite a bit different but with recent deals signed with Intel to invest 350 million USD in chip manufacturing and IT education in Vietnam the future seems to hold an even greater promise of high technology than Vietnam's neighbors.


INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE CALLS

Expensive when made from Vietnam but getting more competitive. Internet telephone calls are becoming more common and are available at the many internet cafes in the country.

POSTAL SERVICE

A regular international post service is available. In addition there are some new, special services such as Express Mail Service (EMS). The domestic EMS ensures that letters and small parcels are delivered within 24-48 hours. International EMS has relations with nearly 30 countries world-wide, with a delivery time ranging from 2 to 10 days. Air mail and small parcels must however be subject to additional charges. Express money transfer is also available; money is delivered to the receiver within 24 hours.


INTERNET

Internet access once upon a time in Vietnam was dismal, slow and expensive, but in recent years with the advent of microwave cable as well as the newly available DSL , Vietnam is heading toward the future showing real promise of high speed connections. Wi-fi is available at resports on Phu Quoc and the Internet age is finally dawning on the country in general. Internet cafes are everywhere and recently even private vacation rental homes are beginning to offer non dial up internet connections.

TELEVISION AND RADIO

Vietnam TV broadcasts three channels throughout the country; satellite channels such as CNN are available in most hotels catering to foreigners. Voice of Vietnam Radio broadcasts throughout the country; all provinces and cities have their own radio stations as well.


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