Broken trans-Pacific cable slows Internet in Vietnam, again

By Thanh Luan, Thanh Nien News

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Customers use wireless devices at a coffee shop in downtown Hanoi. Data transfer overseas such as web browsing, email, Internet calling will be affected starting Tuesday due to a damaged undersea cable. Photo: AFP Customers use wireless devices at a coffee shop in downtown Hanoi. Data transfer overseas such as web browsing, email, Internet calling will be affected starting Tuesday due to a damaged undersea cable. Photo: AFP

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Vietnamese internet users reported disruptions and slowdowns in international connections on Tuesday morning after an undersea cable broke for the second time this year at around midnight.
The Asia American Gateway (AAG) cable accommodates most international connections for Vietnamese Internet providers like FPT Telecom, VNPT, and Viettel, according to managers of the cable.
Nguyen Van Khoa, general director of FPT Telecom, said Asia American Gateway’s experts believe the rupture occurred somewhere near Hong Kong, adding they are finding it difficult to exactly locate the break due to bad weather caused by Typhoon Kalmaegi.
Khoa also said the damaged cable incident won't affect Vietnamese users as seriously as in July given that internet service providers have expanded the international bandwidth of their back-up cables.
In 2007, the 20,000-kilometer cable connected Malaysia and the US as the first such cable to do so. In 2009, a 314-kilometer segment of the AAG cable linked Hong Kong and Vung Tau.
The cable has been used by Vietnam's four major Internet providers: namely FPT Telecom, VNPT, Viettel and SPT.
Several cable disruptions have occurred since 2011, forcing the companies to invest in other underwater cables.

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