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FPT Telecom and IIJ launch cloud computing service in Vietnam

Vietnamese telco and Japanese internet team up as connectivity increases

Nguyen Van Khoa, general director of FPT Telecom.

HO CHI MINH CITY -- FPT Telecom of Vietnam and Internet Initiative Japan on Thursday launched a cloud computing service for individual, business and enterprise customers in Vietnam.

FPT Telecom has called the new service, FPT HI GIO Cloud, the first full-scale, full-spectrum and quality cloud computing service in Vietnam.

FPT and IIJ launched the FPT HI GIO Cloud service in Vietnam on Thursday.

Nguyen Van Khoa, general director of FPT Telecom, which is part of leading Vietnamese information technology group FPT, stressed the new service would provide access computing services via a stable network.

The product enables users to quickly launch virtual machines instead of investing in physical devices.

"We will lead the market in Vietnam to tap demand for cloud computing," General Director of IIJ Global Solutions Vietnam Ryo Matsumoto told the Nikkei Asian Review. FPT Telecom aims to acquire around 4,000 enterprise customers within a year. FPT Telecom and IIJ also aim to tap individual customers in a country where 70% of the more than 90 million population is expected to have access to the internet by 2020.

IIJ, one of Japan's leading internet and network solutions providers, has already launched similar cloud services in Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand. FPT Telecom and IIJ are looking to launch additional joint projects related to security and network management in the coming years, according to Matsumoto.

In Vietnam global players such as IBM, Google, Symantec, Amazon, Oracle and Microsoft have launched their own cloud and joint services by teaming up with local telecom companies and using mobile broadband infrastructure. FPT and IIJ's partnership will further intensify competition in this area.

Vietnam ranked 14th in the Asia-Pacific region in the Asia Cloud Computing Association's Cloud Readiness Index 2016, coming after Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia.

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