Vietnam’s Internet service resumes, finally

By Thanh Luan, Thanh Nien News

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A man uses a laptop inside a coffee shop in downtown Hanoi. Photo: AFP A man uses a laptop inside a coffee shop in downtown Hanoi. Photo: AFP

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Internet connections in Vietnam were fully restored on Tuesday, nearly three weeks after they were disrupted due to short circuit in an undersea cable.
Lam Quoc Cuong, director of state-owned telecom giant VNPT International, told Thanh Nien that repairs to the segment linking southern Vietnam with Hong Kong finished at 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday.
Three other Internet providers, FPT Telecom, Viettel and SPT, which use the same cable, also confirmed that Internet speed returned to normal. It snapped on April 23.
The 20,000-kilometer Asia-America Gateway cable, launched in 2007, had problems twice so far this year. The same segment snapped last January, and it took three weeks to fix it.
Similar ruptures have also happened seven times since 2011, prompting local investors to put money on a new sea cable linking Vietnam with Japan. This new connection is scheduled to open for service next year.
Besides, the Vietnamese government plans to build a new land cable linking the country with China to save local Internet users from regular breakdowns.

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