Internet back to normal in Vietnam as damaged sea cables fixed

By Thanh Luan, Thanh Nien News

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A customer uses a computer at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo credit: Bloomberg A customer uses a computer at a cafe in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo credit: Bloomberg

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International internet connection in Vietnam has recovered after two weeks of speed woes as the cable connecting Southeast Asia to North America was rewired Sunday, an internet firm said.
Nguyen Van Khoa, general director of Hanoi-based FPT Telecom which uses Asia America Gateway, said the cable was reconnected, welded and reburied under the seabed by 2 p.m. Sunday.
Checks also confirmed that Internet connection between Vietnam and overseas has resumed normal speed, Khoa said.
The cable, which carries 60-70 percent of the data transferred between Vietnam and overseas, broke on the night of July 15, some 18 kilometers off the coastal resort town of Vung Tau and 19 meters under the sea.
International internet services such as web-browsing, email, and online telephone apps had been disrupted, while local Internet service continued to operate at its usual speed.
FPT, which shares the system with three other major local Internet providers -- VNPT, Viettel and SPT -- earlier issued a statement saying internet services on the cable would be fully resumed by the afternoon of July 30.
Khoa said the repairs finished early thanks to good weather.
His and other internet service providers had been using alternative, terrestrial cables in an effort to maintain service during the breakup.
The cable went online in 2007, running 20,000 kilometers from Malaysia to the US.
A 314km-long cable has linked Hong Kong to Vung Tau since 2009, but several disruptions have occurred every year since 2011.
Companies that rely on the system are investing in other underwater cables to save their customers from similar trouble in the future.

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