Internet users grumble as Vietnam’s undersea cable breaks again

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A diver checks a sea cable. File photo A diver checks a sea cable. File photo

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The Internet sea cable connecting Vietnam with the US broke again on Thursday morning, the second time this year.
A source from the managing center of the Asia America Gateway said the cable ruptured at around 5:20 a.m. at the section between southern Vietnam and Hong Kong, local media reported.
International connections will be slower than normal as the traffic is switched to back-up lines, but local services won’t be affected, the center said.
The same segment of the 20,000-kilometer cable broke on January 5 and was only fixed three weeks later.
Local Internet users suffered the problem twice last year in July and September, and many times since 2011, prompting Internet providers including FPT Telecom, VNPT, Viettel and SPT to expand their international bandwidth as a counter measure.
All have announced plans to invest in other sea cables in a bid to save their customers from similar troubles.
But that's not coming anytime soon. 

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