Vietnam slated to have new, faster Internet cables next year: report

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Vietnam's major telecommunications companies said they are investing in new Internet cables to ease their dependence on the undersea cable AAG, which has continuously ruptured since 2011.
Lam Quoc Cuong, representative of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT), told news website Zing on Friday that a new undersea cable with a speed of 54 tetrabytes per second will go live next year.
It will be a lot faster than the 2.88 Tb/s speed of the AAG, or Asia America Gateway, which links Vietnam and the US, he said.
At a length of 10,400 kilometers, the new cable, known as the Asia Pacific Gateway, will connect the central city of Da Nang with Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.
VNPT and military-owned Viettel are among the main investors of the cable, besides Japan's NTT Docomo, China Telecom and China Unicom, according to Cuong.
Pham Dinh Truong of Viettel was quoted as saying that his company has also invested in a 25,000-kilometer cable connecting Vietnam with Europe. The Asia Africa Euro 1 is too scheduled to go into operation next year.
The Ministry of Information and Communication recently announced that Vietnam will also build a land cable to China, the news website reported.
Since 2011, the 20,000-kilometer AAG, which is used by major Internet providers VNPT, FPT Telecom, Viettel and SPT, has broken or been shut down for maintenance on several occasions.
This year alone it has snapped three times.
Its latest rupture took place on April 23, and even though it was supposedly fixed on May 15, local connection has not fully recovered yet.
As a result, the cable's management company early this week announced that the AAG will have a 10-day maintenance starting this Sunday.
During the period the connection might be shaky or totally lost, according to Viettel.
However, representatives of local telecommunications promised to employ back-up cables to minimize the problem.

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