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Viettel applies AI in agriculture and health

Released at: 18:33, 17/05/2019

Viettel applies AI in agriculture and health

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Application of AI to address social challenges a key piece of Viettel's digital strategy.

by Ngoc Lan

Viettel is applying artificial intelligence (AI) to resolve problems in the fields of health and agriculture.

For the first time in Vietnam, AI image processing technologies are being used to assist farmers assess the level of development of rice. Viettel’s solution is able to monitor crops on a large scale and creates the foundation for higher productivity.

In the field of health, its solution for analyzing and diagnosing abnormal signs through ultrasound images is being completed in the laboratory, with diagnostic solutions through imagery supporting doctors and patients 24/7. Viettel is now focusing on the analysis of abnormal signs in the digestive system - a prominent field in Vietnam lacking foreign solutions.

In addition to agriculture and health, the corporation is also implementing AI in the fields of forestry and transport.

The application of AI to address social challenges is an important piece of Viettel’s digital strategy, with products serving individuals, businesses, and the State.

Viettel has established member companies such as Viettel Enterprise Solutions and Viettel Cyber Security since the beginning of this year. Its Digital Corporation will be established in the time to come to bring digital products and services to life.

Viettel is a Vietnamese corporation deploying telecommunications and IT in all areas of life and has the broadest 4G infrastructure, the largest fiber optic infrastructure, NB-IoT system among the first 50 deployed in the world, and the first e-sim system in Vietnam.

It recently completed the integration of the first 5G network in Vietnam, around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, and successfully tested broadcasts on all bands licensed by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC).

Viettel is on a Brand Finance list of the 500 most valuable brands in the world, with a valuation of $4.316 billion. Its brand value has risen 35.8 per cent, or more than $1 billion, since early 2018, primarily due to its presence in ten foreign markets, proving it has become a highly-competitive operation in the international market.

2018 was a successful year for the corporation in expanding its foreign investment in Asia. Mytel, the Viettel brand in Myanmar, reached nearly 5 million subscribers after just six months of official business, for a market share of more than 10 per cent. Service revenue increased 20 per cent during the year, mobile subscribers grew nearly 70 per cent, and cash flow back to Vietnam reached $240 million, up more than 3 per cent against 2017.

Viettel changed its name to the Military Industry and Telecoms Group last year and announced it would move to the fourth stage of its development, with the goals of globalization and leading the way in Industry 4.0.

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