Vietnam gets first frame relay service

Businesses in Vietnam will from this week be able to tap into international high-speed data connections, with the launching of the country's first Frame Relay service by ISP (Internet service provider) Vietnam Data Communications.

The service is being offered by VDC in partnership with Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), the two companies said in a statement issued last week.

The service will be launched in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this week, and will give businesses international connection speeds of up to 2Mbps (megabits per second), according to the statement. The service will run over a fibre-optic cable recently completed by SingTel between Singapore and Vietnam.

VDC and SingTel are launching the service to meet a rapidly-growing demand for frame relay services between the two countries, the companies said in the statement.

The service will include:

Network management and proactive network monitoringSingle point of contact for ordering and billingService level agreements to ensure quality and reliabilityVietnam is an important destination for many Singapore-based businesses who need an end-to-end managed network as well as value-added services such as router management and e-commerce, according to Lim Shyong, SingTel executive vice president of global business.

Although the companies did not release a price for the service, it is expected to be considerably less than the current leased-line service from Vietnam Post & Telecommunications (VNPT) which costs $US7,300 per month for a 64Kbps connection.

VDC, Vietnam's largest ISP, is a subsidiary of government-owned telecommunications monopoly VNPT.

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