Vietnam tops region for Internet domain registration

Vietnam tops region for Internet domain registration

Over 90,000 new .vn domains were activated in the first 11 months of this year, bringing the total number of Vietnamese domain names to 263,900, according to the Vietnam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC).

The increase has helped the country maintain its number one position in Southeast Asia for national domain registration and activation.

Domains with Vietnamese names accounted for 127,166, said the centre, which is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Information and Communications.

The VNNIC said it earned a revenue of 143 billion dong (S$8.5 million) from domain activation and subscription fees in 2013,exceeding its annual target by 15 per cent.

According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, Internet service providers (ISPs) in Vietnam earned 15 trillion dong in revenue last year, with 5 trillion dong coming from 3G network services.

Between 2009 and 2013, the number of Internet users increased by 170 per cent, and broadband availability climbed 7.5 times compared with 2005-09.

Vietnam's Internet penetration is at 35.6 per cent, while 40 per cent of the country's online population are aged between 15 and 24.

The number of Internet users is expected to reach 60 million by 2018, with total revenue from Internet services and content hitting 100 trillion dong.

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