Vietnam’s slow Internet connections to be fixed on Oct. 1

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Work on the rupture, roughly 64 kilometers off the coast of Hong Kong, will begin on September 26, FPT Telecom said Tuesday. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency Work on the rupture, roughly 64 kilometers off the coast of Hong Kong, will begin on September 26, FPT Telecom said Tuesday. Photo credit: Vietnam News Agency

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Vietnam's inter-continental internet cable will be fixed on October 1, five days ahead of original schedule, thanks to mild weather, an Internet provider said.
FPT Telecom announced on Tuesday night that a team of Asia American Gateway (AAG) technicians will start work on the rupture, roughly 64 kilometers off the coast of Hong Kong, on September 26.
The AAG cable, which is used by FPT Telecom and three other local Internet providers -- VNPT, Viettel and SPT -- snapped at around midnight on September 15.
Work on re-connecting the cable will wrap up at around 4 a.m. on October 1, according to FPT Telecom.
In the interim, the country's four Internet providers say they're using back-up cables to reduce the impact on their services.
FPT initially predicted that repairs to the damaged cable wouldn't finish until October 6 since bad weather caused by Typhoon Kalmaegi has hampered their work.
The typhoon, the third to hit Vietnam this year, slammed into the northern coast on September 16, claiming 13 lives, after sweeping through the Philippines, Hong Kong and China.
In 2007, the 20,000-kilometer cable linked Malaysia and the US as the first such cable to do so. In 2009, a 314-kilometer segment of the AAG cable linked Hong Kong and Vung Tau.
Several cable disruptions have occurred since 2011, forcing Vietnamese Internet providers to invest in other underwater cables.

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