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| Compaq Retains Digital Staff in Vietnam After Acquisition
July 21, 1998 (HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam) -- Compaq Computer Corp. will
not implement job reductions at Digital Equipment Vietnam after its
acquisition, according to Tan Koh Hin, managing director of Compaq Computer
|Tan said staff from Digital at Compaq's Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City representative
offices will receive further training to improve their customer service
"We have a small staff, and the company has no plans to fire anyone,"
Tan said. "Workers from Digital will be retrained to fit the standards
Oudone Chandara, resident representative of Digital Equipment Corp. said
he expects more business in Hanoi than in Ho Chi Minh City.
The average monthly salary for a PC technician in Vietnam is not more
than US$100. In June, due to the regional currency crisis, some foreign
technology companies in the country announced job reductions. Oracle
Corp. cut more than 60 percent of its Vietnam staff, while IBM Corp.
and Microsoft Corp. each cut about 30 percent.
Tan said that Compaq guarantees full responsibility for Digital Equipment
Corp.'s clients in Vietnam and noted that it will handle all services
related to Digital's business. Compaq is continuing its PC-related services
for local users after the acquisitions of Digital Equipment and Tandem
"We have pledged to bring new products to Vietnam as soon as they are
available," Tan added.
According to PC World Magazine Vietnam, Compaq has been the top seller
among PC brands in Vietnam for the last two years.
Compaq has not set up a branch in Vietnam, but it will do so by the end
of 1998, Tan said. Both of Digital's representative offices in Vietnam
will be kept under the name of Digital until Compaq opens its office.
"We have nine retail outlets, eight service providers, and two screen
repairers in Vietnam, and those numbers will increase when we open our
branch in the country," Tan added.
(David Tran, Asia BizTech Correspondent)