According to Vietnam News Agency, Military-run telecom group Viettel plans to roll out fifth generation (5G) technology in Laos, its third overseas launch of the service after Cambodia and Myanmar.

Unitel is the brand of Viettel in Laos. (Photo:

Accordingly, Star Telecom (Unitel), in which Viettel owns a 49 percent stake, will become the first operator to offer the 5G technology in the country.

In February this year, Unitel was a pioneer in introducing eSIMs to the Lao people, helping the country rank 7th out of 10 ASEAN member states in terms of advanced telecommunications services.

Founded in October 2009, the Viettel subsidiary operates across all 17 provinces and cities in Laos and has led the market for eight consecutive years. It is also the Lao Government’s partner in implementing the country’s key e-government systems.

Overseas remittances to HCM city hit USD3.8 billion in 9 months

Overseas remittances to Ho Chi Minh (HCM) city through commercial banks and economic organizations were estimated at USD3.8 billion in the first nine months of the year, a year-on-year rise of 7%.

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This information was released in a conference connecting overseas Vietnamese with businesses of the city, held by the State Committee for overseas Vietnamese (SCOV) in Ho Chi Minh city, on October 9th.

Mr. Phung Cong Dung, Chairman of the SCOV in HCMC, said the amount of remittances flowing to the city in 2019 is forecast to rise compared to 2018 due to the increase in the number of overseas Vietnamese, especially laborers working abroad.

The resources of overseas Vietnamese businesspeople and companies are not only the amount of overseas remittances but also the information network to assist domestic enterprises to boost overseas investment and business activities, he added.

On this occasion, memorandums of understandings (MoUs) were signed between the SCOV in HCMC and the city Investment and Trade Promotion Centre; between VKBIA and the Association of Vietnamese Businesspeople in Italy in order to support each other in seeking opportunities and expanding markets.

Hanoi among best places for solo travelers

Italy’s travel guide website Bigseventravel has selected the seven best places in Asia for solo travelers. Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, came fifth on the list.

The Huc bridge - the symbol of Hanoi

“Solo travelers in Asia are well looked after - the transport between countries is brilliant, most cities are cosmopolitan and safe (especially for women) and there’s accommodation for all budgets,” said Bigseventravel.

The website described Hanoi as a popular city for many travelers across the world.

“From street food markets to cultural museums and scenic freshwater lakes, Hanoi has something for all tastes. It’s a wonderful base from which to explore the North of Vietnam, including Ha Long Bay and Sa Pa, while also enjoying the comforts of a modern vibrant city.”

The other six places that made the list are Tokyo (Japan), Bali (Indonesia), Singapore, Seoul (the Republic of Korea), Siem Reap (Cambodia) and Chiang Mai (Thailand)./.