VietNamNet Bridge – VNG, Line and some other content service providers
affirmed that they have suggested operation projects with the big mobile network
operators in Vietnam, but they have not got any replies from the operators.
Vuong Quang Khai, Deputy General Director of VNG, said VNG believes that Over
the top content (OTT), such as free messaging and calling through Wifi, 3G has
become a new communication trend which would see a boom in the near future, not
only in Vietnam but all over the world as well.
Since this is the inevitable technological development tendency, VNG believes
that the best solution for now is that mobile network operators cooperate
closely with OTT service providers in order to provide the best services to
Not only the currently popular free messaging services like Whatsapp, Viber, but
other services like Facebook Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Skype also have a
part in the decrease of mobile network operators’ turnover decreases. Meanwhile,
it makes it impossible for state management agencies to control the safety.
“We have made suggestions for cooperation to all the three biggest mobile
network operators in Vietnam and we are awaiting their replies,” Khai said.
A senior executive of Line, a free messaging app, has also confirmed that Line
has suggested cooperation with two Vietnamese mobile network operators, and it
has also not received the answers.
The representative of one of the three biggest networks confirmed he has
received the cooperation suggestion. He said he is still considering the
solution, and added that if the network operator accepts the cooperation, it
would join hands with many partners.
Nguyen Manh Hung, Deputy General Director of Viettel, once admitted that the OTT
services have become a threat to telecom groups, whose basic services (voice
calls, messaging, TV) now bring 80 percent of their total incomes.
In late January 2013, on some information technology forums like Heaveniphone…,
one could read the entries complaining that it was unable to use VinaPhone’s or
MobiFone’s 3G to send messages through free messaging apps such as Line, Kakao
A question was raised that if the mobile network operators had applied technical
solutions to block the apps.
Especially, some sources affirmed that some mobile network operators are
developing similar free messaging apps. Therefore, this might be a trick played
by the mobile network operators, who tried to persuade users to give up Lie,
However, MobiFone and VinaPhone both have denied the fact, affirming that they
did not do anything to block the apps. They said the inaccessibility should be
attributed to the software errors or the configuration problem. The two network
operators have affirmed that they would be ready to cooperate with Line and
Kakao Talk to find out the errors.
“We are still awaiting the instructions from the Ministry of Information and
Communication (MIC) about whether to control the messaging via Internet apps,”
an executive of MobiFone said.
Local newspapers in late 2012 reported that MIC was considering applying
necessary management measures to prevent the unhealthy competition in the
telecom market raised with the appearance of free messaging, calling apps.
The report on the “hottest” apps of Apple store’s Social Network in Vietnam
showed that from January 1, 2013 to January 30, 2013, the three leading
positions belonged to Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Viber (or Zalo).
However, after the Internet users unanimously boycotted the Chinese service
providers, WeChat has seen dramatic falls.