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Date: Sun, 19 May 96 17:07:01 EST
SG>We would appreciate a brief technical update about your link, information
SG>about costs to obtain access through you, etc.
SG>This is for posting on our public database, viewable at
Please find the following updates.
We will soon offer a VWW (Vietnam Wide Web...) for ppp access within
Vietnam. It will become an internet site, and WWW, once the phone
company accepts to give us a wide band, and once the Prime Minister's
Office adopts a policy on Internet connection for VN.
=== Information on NetNam Telematic Services
=== The Internet Access Provider for Viet Nam
Operated by the Viet Nam Institute of Information Technology, NetNam is
a computer network serving Viet Nam and dedicated to its development.
Open to all organizations, businesses and individuals, NetNam is
primarily dedicated to the NGO, multilateral, bilateral and other
development organizations operating in Viet Nam. It is offering the
Send and receive electronic-mail to and from the Internet. This permits
to exchange e-mail with any correspondent at less than one-tenth the
price of a fax or telex.
An ever-expanding number of electronic discussion forums are available
on NetNam, allowing subscribers to discuss and exchange information of
common interest on specialized or general topics. For example, forums
may include forestry activities, street children, news broadcast, NGO
administrative concerns, office rentals, commercial services,
classified adds, social activities, etc.
3. Databases and File Libraries
As the system grows, more and more information are available for
on-line retrieval, including text files and databases provided by
NetNam or made available by subscribers that wish to share information
and programmes with others. This may include various directories of
organizations and resources, statistical compilations on development
issues, annual reports, maps, specialized documentation, utility
computer programmes, shareware of all types, etc.
4. Upcoming Services
For the time being, NetNam only has a UUCP connection to the Internet.
This does not allow for full Internet protocols such as PPP, SLIP, or
Telnet. Consequently, NetNam cannot yet offer Web pages locally, nor
provide access for web browsing to its users. The IOIT is however in
the process of securing a wide-band connection allowing full Internet
connectivity, wich should be established within a few months.
Subscription Rates (US$): in all cases, there are charges of
$0.15/kilobyte from or to the Internet. E-mail within the NetNam system
is free. There are also charges for time connected: $0.01 per minute.
On registration, we ask two months payment in advance.
$30: Basic monthly charge
2. NGO and Charity
$20: Basic monthly charge
3. Very Low Income
$10: Basic monthly charge
OPENING AN ACCOUNT
To open an account with NetNam, there are two possibilities. You may
use the services of the NetNam staff to install the necessary software
and give you some basic training, or open an account yourself through a
terminal emulation data connection.
If you reside in Hanoi or HCM City, simply fax us the attached
application form. We will contact you as soon as possible to open your
NetNam account, normally within 24 hours. The voice service numbers are:
Hanoi: (84-4) 346-907 HCM City: (84-8) 244-907 or 222-947
If you are outside the Hanoi or HCM City urban ares, here are some
detailed instructions on how to connect to NetNam and open your own
If you don't already have a modem, we advise you to purchase a 14.4kb
or 28.8kb fax/modem. Any modem will work with NetNam, but the faster
your modem, the less you will have to pay in telephone charges to Hanoi
or HCM City.
1. Purchase a modem, and install it on your computer;
2. When you buy a modem, you normally also get a communication
software (likely to be BitFax/Bitcom for Windows). Install
the software on your computer, and make sure all the setups
are correctly done (closely follow the manuals for both the
modem and the software). If you can get a hold of ProComm Plus
for Windows, it will be easier both to install and operate.
3. You will then be able to dial the NetNam numbers in Hanoi or
HCM City, and open an account yourself, preferably using a
short (no more than 8 characters), simple name such as "demo",
or "demovn". Simply follow instructions from the NetNam server
machine once you have established connection. Your e-mail
account will be, for internet mailing:
Connecting to Hanoi: @netnam.org.vn
Connecting to HCMC: @netnam2.org.vn
and simply within each respective host.
>From that point on, you will be able to exchange mail with the NetNam
system operator (sysop), for any support you would need.
If you can use the ProComm Plus communication software instead of
BitCom, we would recommend you do so. BitCom has a bug that makes a
line repeat itself every time you press the backspace key (when using
the ANSI emulation mode).
You will be charged soon after opening the account for registration and
2 months basic charges asked in advance. You may then pay to NetNam's
Vietcombank account (sysop will give you details, once you are
connected). Please then ask sysop to mail you a copy of the NetNam
manual: all the information in this manual is also online, but the
printed version will facilitate your operations, and reduce the time
you need to be connected to the NetNam host in Hanoi or HCM City.
NB: When self-opening an account, you will be place by the host into a DEMO
class, which means you will NOT be able to send or receive Internet
e-amil. We have to restrict that service untill payment arrangements
are made with sysop, since NetNam is liable for unpaid data
transmissions. The other services, including e-mail within your host,
are readily available.
To reach the NetNam hosts with your modem, you may dial the following
numbers: For the Hanoi host: 362-356 (eight lines) or 364-144 (three
lines) For the HCMC host: 251-973 (four lines)
One last thing: we will need your signature for legal registration to
NetNam. Could you please fill-up the following registration form, and
fax it as soon as possible, with your signature on it. to our office in
Hoping to meet you online very soon, best regards.
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NETNAM SUBSCRIPTION FORM
Name of Organization:
Type of Activities:
Type of Subscription: Normal / NGO/Charity / Very low income
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Fax this form to:
NetNam Institute of Information Technology Nghiado, Tuliem, Ha Noi
Tel: (84-4) 346-907 fax: (84-4) 345-217 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ho Chi Minh Office:
Tel: (84-8) 222-974 or 244-907 e-mail: email@example.com