A venture forged between the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications (VNPT) group and Japan ’s NTT Communication has been granted a licence to begin operation in Vietnam.

The Ministry of Information and Communications has announced that it has granted a licence to Global Data Services Joint Stock Co (GDS) allowing the company to begin offering a wide range of domestic and international telecommunications services.

GDS is a joint venture between the State-owned telecommunications giant VNPT Group and Japan ’s NTT Communication Corp.

It will specialise in providing data centres and other information and communications technology services in Vietnam , including domestic data networks, direct connections to domestic internet exchanges, overseas connections via international IP-VPN, internet access and video and tele-conferencing.

VNPT is the largest telecoms company in Vietnam, while NTT Communications is the largest telecoms corporation in the world and is ranked 29 th on the Fortune Global 500 list of 2012.-VNA