Up to 70% of surveyed Hanoians agreed on the removal of public loudspeakers which have been used in the city for decades. The municipal people’s committee has conducted a survey on local opinions on public loudspeakers, the second of its kind after the first carried out last year. Public loudspeakers which have been used in the city for decades The survey is aimed to serve the city’s project on the re-arrangement and improving radio station network in the city. Up to 70.1% of those surveyed said that they strongly advocated the end of loudspeakers. Many others said that up to 10-20 loudspeakers now used in each district were too many and unnecessary. Meanwhile, 61.25% of interviewees backed the city’s plan to use smart equipment to replace public loudspeakers. Only, 38.75% said it is not necessary to do this. The survey indicated that mobile equipment with internet connection such as smartphones and tablets were people’s most common way to get information. The runners-up were television, computers, printed newspapers and radio. A representative from Hanoi’s Department of Information and Communications said the city authorities were working on the plan to replace loudspeakers. Earlier, Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung asked local agencies to assess the necessity of using loudspeakers in all communes and wards. The city has 584 commune-level administrative units, including 386 communes, 177 wards and 21 towns. Loudspeakers cost a few hundred million Vietnamese dong annually each.