Thales and VNPT set to accelerate digital transformation in Vietnam

Madame Pascale Sourisse, Senior Executive Vice-President, International Development for Thales

The Vietnamese government signed a decision on establishing the National Committee on Digital Transformation, chaired by Prime Minister Chinh. The government is emphasizing technology adoption and innovation as part of its 2021-25 Socioeconomic Development Plan.

In support of the country’s strong digital ambitions, Thales and VNPT, Vietnam’s leading telecommunications and Digital Service Provider (DSP) signed an MoU to start a 2-year partnership to explore new industrial and technical collaborations in key digital areas.

On the occasion of an official ministerial visit to France, the MoU was signed in Paris on 3rd November, by Madame Pascale Sourisse, Senior Executive Vice-President, International Development for Thales, and Mr Ngo Dien Hy, Vice-President, Technology, VNPT.

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The signing of the MOU was graced by the Prime Ministers of both countries.

In the MoU, Thales and VNPT will jointly explore key digital topics including Smart & Safe City, Digital Identity & Biometrics, 5G and IoT adoption and services and Cyber security.

A key pillar will also study telecommunications satellites, including telecoms satellite technology, missions and new applications from 5G to aerospace and maritime connectivity.

Thales and VNPT will work closely on space topics linked to Vietnam’s priority space initiative for implementing the VINASAT 3 telecommunications satellite to replace the VINASAT 1 and 2.

The Smart & Safe City pillar will investigate possible critical infrastructure projects in Vietnam built around open digital platforms.

VNPT is a powerhouse in Vietnam

VNPT operates Intelligent Operation Centres in 20 provinces and Thales has developed an open and cyber secured digital platform powered by AI and Big Data analytics that can offer intelligent, automated data processing and support city operators in their decision making.

VNPT has developed and implemented the Vietnamese Database on population.

Exploration will include a citizen mobile identification project as Thales brings its expertise in a secure ID wallet that is able to aggregate digitalized ID documents into a single vault.

Cyber security will be a recurring theme across all projects, with exploration in areas including cyber training platforms, cyber threat intelligence and sovereign data protection.

Pascale SOURISSE, VP for International Development at Thales is buoyant.

“The relationship dates back two decades with collaboration in mobile telecommunications sector. I am pleased to take those relationships a step further with this MoU.”

“Our technologies can help support VNPT in their transition to a 5G era while our joint research aligns strongly with Vietnam’s ambitions of becoming a forward-looking digital nation.”