We’ve confirmed with a first-hand source that Facebook will be unblocked in Vietnam, likely in early 2012. The source reported that Facebook sent high level managers, including a Vietnamese American, to Vietnam last October to negotiate with Vietnamese internet service providers (ISP). Since then, both sides have come to an agreement.
Last April, PC World Vietnam reported that FPT, Vietnam’s largest ISP, had signed a partnership agreement with Facebook and the site was to be unblocked. We kept a close eye on the ground to gauge if this was actually true. We received conflicting reports from readers living in Vietnam. Some reported unrestricted access while others claimed a DNS work around was still required.
We were not able to obtain the details of terms, nor the exact date of when Facebook will be widely accessible. However, the source is highly reliable and has a first-hand knowledge of the deal.
As with last time, if you live in Vietnam, let us know if your Facebook access changed in the comments.