HANOI (Reuters) - Apple Inc has opened a subsidiary company in Vietnam, allowing the maker of iPhones to import and distribute cellphones directly in one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the Asia-Pacific.
Apple Vietnam Limited Liability was established on Oct. 28 with a registered capital of 15 billion dong ($672,194), according to a news announcement recorded on Vietnam's national business registry website seen by Reuters on Thursday. (dichvuthongtin.dkkd.gov.vn)
The Ho Chi Minh City-based firm will conduct wholesale businesses of various products including its signature smartphones, provide information technology and maintenance services as well as advising services, the announcement said.
The number of mobile phone subscribers in Vietnam grew 26 percent from 2009 to 2013 to 124 million, while the number of internet users surpassed a third of the country's 90-million population two years ago, latest official data from the information ministry showed.
Communist Vietnam was Apple Inc's hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half of last year, a growth rate five times faster than in India.
Rival Samsung has invested billions of dollars to build smartphone and electronic products plants in the Southeast Asian nation.
(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Mark Potter)