Vietnam Internet cable ruptures, repairs delayed by typhoon

By Thanh Luan, Thanh Nien News

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The Asia-America Gateway cable system. Photo credit: AAG The Asia-America Gateway cable system. Photo credit: AAG


Vietnam’s inter-continental Internet cable has snapped in a section running to Hong Kong, apparently due to Typhoon Nida.
The rupture in the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable system occurred at around 7 p.m. Tuesday, leading to slow Internet speeds in Vietnam.
A source from an Internet service provider told Thanh Nien that the cable would not be repaired soon due to the bad weather caused by the typhoon.
AAG is a 20,000-km (12,000 mile) long submarine communication cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the US across the Pacific Ocean.
The cable, installed in 2009, is capable of delivering up to 2.88 Tbit/s. It cost US$500 million for 19 partners, including Vietnam’s FPT Telecom, Viettel, VNPT, and SPT.
It was damaged twice this year and five times in the previous two years.
Vietnam is connected to four international Internet cable systems, with AAG bearing the heaviest load.

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