An association of Vietnamese Internet providers will be officially established on October 9 and combine 66 members, local news website VnExpress reported Friday.
That same day, member companies will cast votes for the association's leaders and development strategies, the news source said.
It quoted VDC Director Vu Hoang Lien, chief of a commission to lobby the association's establishment, as saying one of its main activities is to expand the Internet to the fields of health and education as well as more population, especially those in disadvantaged areas.
Representatives say they are banding as more local Internet and associated service providers are cropping up. Despite their numbers, the founders feel that the Vientamese providers lack a professional edge against highly competitive foreign companies, Lien said.
In the meantime, Nguyen Van Loc, Deputy Director General of FPT Telecom said in that the association will give weight to member businesses' ideas and proposals to government agencies.