The ICT Press Club has voted on the 10 most outstanding events in the field of information-communication technology (ICT) in 2012, with the Prime Minister’s approval of the national telecom development master plan until 2020 topping the list.

The plan stipulating that there must be at least three mobile phone networks to allow for competition.

In the second place is the withdrawal from Vietnam’s market of the Russian Vimpelcom mobile service provider, which owns Beeline brand.

The fraudulent activities by Muaban24 Online Trade and Trading Company came third in the list. The company swindled 700 billion VND from customers through multi-level virtual transactions.

The fourth one is the issuance of the 13 th Resolution by the 11th Party Central Committee’s fourth meeting, considering ICT as part of the national infrastructure.

Vietnam’s successful launch of VINASAT 2 ranked fifth, followed by Viettel’s success in surpassing VNPT in revenue for the first time.

The seventh event was the decision to impose subscription fee on pre-paid mobile phone users.

The S-Fone’s dismissal of most of its employees ranked eighth, followed by fee collection of music downloading as of November 1, 2012 and the compulsory auction of mobile band.-VNA