Samsung and Apple now battle it out in the high-end segment. In releasing the Bphone 2017, BKAV needs to differentiate the product, not just advertise it, according to ValueInvest’s Chairman Nguyen Thang, in order to compete. Buyers in the high-end segment will think carefully about the brand and its quality and prestige, and persuading them will take some effort, he added, as its competitors have been in the market for some time. Different to the Bphone, Asanzo, a TV maker, has positioned its new smartphone in the mid-end segment, which is under $220. After being successful in selling TVs in rural areas, CEO Pham Van Tam is confident it can again prosper in the countryside with its smartphones. Interestingly, the mid-end segment has been the target of many smartphone manufacturers this year, according to local insiders. “The average retail price for a smartphone was $205, excluding VAT, in the second quarter in Vietnam,” said Mr. Thanh. … [Read more...] about Local contenders
VietNamNet Bridge - Reports all show disappointing results in technology transfer from foreign-invested enterprises to Vietnamese companies. The efficiency of the technology transfer from FDI sector, according to the World Economic Forum 2016, is surprisingly low. In 2009, Vietnam ranked 57th in the world in this criterion. But it fell to the 103rd position in 2014, or by 46 grades just after five years. Malaysia was 13th, and Thailand 36th. In 2015, five production fields made up 49 percent of total added value of the entire industry, of which three used low technology, namely processing industry, textile & garments and footwear. The other two fields had medium technology, namely mining and steel. The only industry which used high technology and made up 12.2 percent of added value were electronics, computers and optical products. However, though listed as ‘high-technology industry’, the work implemented in Vietnam was just assembling which did not … [Read more...] about Technology transfer in the last 30 years disappointing
Eleven teams will represent Viet Nam at the World Robot OlympiadTM (WRO) 2017 along with participants from 60 other countries at the event, to be held in Costa Rica on November 10-12. A three-student team demonstrated their robot’s performances at the Le Hong Phong High School in HCM City on October 24. The annoucement was made at the Le Hong Phong High School in HCM City’s District 5 yesterday. The outstanding Vietnamese teams include four winning teams in four categories who participated in the annual Robotacon 2017 competition in late August.. Launched in 2004, WRO aims to bring together young people from around the world to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills in challenging and educational robot contests. Under the theme “Sustainabots: Robots for Sustainability”, participating teams need to design, build and programme a robot model capable of performing a challenge or demonstrate a solution to a real-life problem. The WRO offers … [Read more...] about Vietnamese students prepare for World Robot Olympiad 2017
VietNamNet Bridge - The Vietnamese telecommunications market is shaped by the dominance of three big players – VinaPhone, MobiFone and Viettel. But now Samsung may join forces with businesses to develop IT. Samsung Group leaders recently expressed their willingness to invest in the telecom sector in Vietnam. Vu Tri Dung from the Marketing Faculty of the Hanoi Economics University said this is Samsung’s backward vertical integration development strategy. When the lead market develops well, it will make backward vertical integration, not only to provide terminal devices, but also strive to become a network service provider. However, the expert thinks Samsung wouldn’t do this alone, but may join the telecom sector in Vietnam by teaming up with some businesses, possibly one of the three big telecom players, or Beeline, the telecom brand which left Vietnam some years ago, or any other business. “No one would build a network from A to Z because it would be very … [Read more...] about What does Samsung plan to do in the telecom sector?
VietNamNet Bridge - Huawei has announced that it will become the second best seller in Vietnam by 2020. Why No 2? Samsung is leading in Vietnam with 54.3 percent of market share. The figure is so big that Huawei doesn’t have enough confidence to oust Samsung from the No 1 position in three more years. It seems to be more practical to eye the second position. However, it will still have to compete with the two big players – Oppo from China, which now has 21 percent of market share, and Apple, which has 10.2 percent. Huawei in recent years has repeatedly stated that it will outstrip Samsung and Apple to become the ‘King’ in the technology world. But it hasn’t succeeded. Last year, the manufacturer said it would overtake Apple after two years and ‘usurp’ Samsung’s throne after five years. Huawei’s dream is described by the technology community as a ‘fantasy’. Huawei and other Chinese brands, in … [Read more...] about Chinese smartphone brand aims to be No.2 in Vietnam by 2020