The Prime Minister has ratified a planning on communication system development in sea boundary, sea and islands by 2020 to ensure all target localities are provided with public post services and equipped with basic broadcasting system.

By 2020, fixed telecommunication network and mobile broadband as well as digital television coverage will bring telecom services to island communes and districts within 100 kilometres from the coast.

Internet broadband systems and accompanying facilities will be upgraded to extend the coverage to individuals and organisations in sea border communes, 12 island districts and neighbouring areas.

In addition, the authority will develop VSAT networks as well as constructing fiber optic lines connecting the mainland to islands to serve the development of economics, tourism, security and national defence.

According to the planning, digital terrestrial TV network, Direct to Home (DTH) television and cable television services will be developed to provide high quality and diverse services for island localities.

Fishermen will be equipped with telecom devices using satellite technology to help them receive information on weather and fishing ground forecast while keeping relevant agencies updated on their location and marine security.-VNA