Repairs to Vietnam's internet cable to finish on July 30

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Repairs to Vietnam's internet cable to finish on July 30

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Damage to an Internet cable that links Southeast Asia and North America will be fixed by Wednesday of next week, an Internet content provider said.
On Tuesday, Vietnam's telecom giant FPT announced that it expects a full resumption of services by 11 a.m. on July 30, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
The cable which carries 60-70 percent of the data transferred between Vietnam and overseas, broke on night of July 15, some 18 kilometers off the coast of Vung Tau coast and 19 meters under the sea.
International internet services such as web-browsing, email, and online telephone apps have been disrupted, while local Internet service has continued to operate at its usual speed.
FPT said work on re-connecting the cable will begin at 3 a.m. on Saturday and take until 11 a.m. Sunday to complete.
FPT, which shares the system with three other major local Internet providers – VNPT, Viettel and SPT – has been using alternative, terrestrial cables in an effort to maintain service.
The company advised customers to use local Internet services whenever possible and only visit international sites when needed.
The cable went online in 2007, running 20,000 kilometers from Malaysia to the US.
A 314km-long cable has linked Hong Kong to the southern beach town of Vung Tau since 2009, but several disruptions have occurred every year since 2011.
Many 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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