Vietnam to open Internet gateways by year end

Vietnam plans to open two Internet gateways by year end.

Vietnam plans to open two Internet gateways by year end, but local access to the worldwide network is expected to incur some restrictions.

The General Department of Post and Telecommunications will set up the gateways in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, but Internet users will have to carry out their communications off-line to allow for policing of traffic, the Asian Wall Street Journal reports.

The limited access will be expanded to other parts of the country in 1997, the Journal says. Vietnam already offers some limited e-mail services and online forums within its borders. Earlier this year, the Vietnamese government says that the first Internet gateways will allow traffic to flow at 128Kbits/s over a network operated by Sprint International.

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