HANOI, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- A Vietnamese information technology company and a U.S.-invested firm have agreed to invest dozens of million U.S. dollars in developing Vietnam's biggest Internet data center by September and two other centers by 2010, a corporate official said Thursday.
The local company named Quang Trung Software City (QTSC) in southern Ho Chi Minh City and U.S.-invested firm called DOT Vietnam will jointly invest around 10 million dollars in building the 1,000-square meter center which will, once becoming operational in September, offer hosting and backup services to such major clients as government agencies, multinationals, financial groups and banks, said QTSC's chief executive officer Chu Tien Dung.
QTSC, specializing in software production, and provision of facilities and services to software developers in an area of 430,000 square meters in the city, and DOT Vietnam plan to pour around45 million dollars into building two other Internet data centers in Vietnam by 2010, he said.
Vietnam had roughly 18.6 million Internet users, or more than 22 percent of its total population by the end of 2007, up from nearly 14.7 million users by the end of 2006, the Vietnam Internet Network Information Center under the Ministry of Information and Communications told Xinhua on Thursday.
Of the 18.6 million Internet users, over 5.2 million are subscribers, including roughly 1.3 million broadband ones, it said, noting that the country had total international bandwidth of 12,115 Mbps, and 60,604 websites using Vietnamese domain ".vn" by the end 2007.
Vietnam has posted an average annual growth of 36 percent in Internet users since its connection to the global computer network in November 1997. Under the ministry's plan, all ministries, sectors and state administrative agencies at district level upward, institutes, universities, colleges and senior high schools will have broadband Internet connections by 2010.