Vietnam’s Internet speed will return to normal on May 10: cable operator

By Thanh Luan, Thanh Nien News

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People use smartphones to check the Internet over wifi at a coffee shop in Hanoi. Photo credit: AFP People use smartphones to check the Internet over wifi at a coffee shop in Hanoi. Photo credit: AFP

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Work to restore an inter-continental Internet cable offshore Vietnam is expected to finish on May 10, the cable operator said Thursday.
Internet users in Vietnam have experienced snail-paced speeds while accessing international websites since April 23 as the cable operator Asia-America Gateway (AAG) blamed a short circuit at a segment linking southern Vietnam to Hong Kong for the problem.
This was not the first time the 20,000-kilometer cable, launched in 2007, has had a fault. It broke on the same segment in January and took three weeks to fix.
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.
Nguyen Bac Son, Minister of Information and Communications, said last Saturday ruptures on the AAG could be caused by many things, including fishing nets and even sabotage attempts.
Son said Vietnam will build a new land cable linking the country with China to save local Internet users from regular breakdowns.
Internet users in Vietnam are passing 30 million, and it needs more cables to serve the growing demand, he added.

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