The Hoang Sa archipelago area will have a coastal communication station as part of a national scheme to develop a modern coastal communication system to 2020 with orientations towards 2030.

The scheme, recently approved by the Prime Minister in a decision dated June 26, 2014, is meant to provide communications services for the marine community, support search-and-rescue operations, maritime safety and environment protection, and serve defence and security tasks and sea-based economy development.

Under the plan, new maritime communication stations will also be built on Phu Quy island (central Binh Thuan province) and in the provinces of Nam Dinh, Quang Binh, Ben Tre, Tien Giang, and Bac Lieu.

Meanwhile, the existing ones in the northern port city of Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City will start using digitized radio MF/HF/VHF for their services.

Infrastructure ramp-ups will be launched in Hon Gai, Thanh Hoa, Ben Thuy, Hon La, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Ly Son, Quy Nhon, Phu Yen, Phan Rang, Phan Thiet, Can Tho, Ca Mau and Kien Giang, where the needs of maritime coastal communications are big.

Standby stations to improve the quality of information coverage will be set up in four regions, starting from Quang Ninh to Ha Tinh, Quang Binh to Quy Nhon, Phu Yen to Ninh Thuan, and Binh Thuan to Kien Giang.

Surveillance technologies, station-to-station management solutions, and cable and satellite-linked transmission networks will be deployed for the system to enable the exchange of ship-to-land, ship-to-ship and land-to-land communications.

The PM’s decision also comes up with solutions to mechanisms, policies, technologies, financing, human resources, and international cooperation in service of the system.-VNA