Hanoi’s decades-old public address system, the loa phuong, is set to be replaced by in-house speakers that will give the government a direct audio line into every home.
Hanoi residents were recently surveyed about their opinion of the efficacy of the loud speakers adorning the power poles in every commune, and according to Tuoi Tre News, nearly 90% of respondents said they thought the communication system was obsolete. People complained that they were too noisy and that they rarely listened to the broadcasts. Starting at 7:30 in the morning on weekdays and 6am on Saturdays, the loudspeakers tell residents about approaching storms, environmental problems, vaccination programs and issues of public health and safety.
The government recently unveiled the loudspeakers’ replacement – the M-Gateway. A broadcast will be sent via 3G to receivers in individual homes, where residents can adjust the volume and the government can monitor which families are not tuning into announcements. You can see the new systems here