Vietnam's undersea Internet cable to take 2 days longer to fix, bad weather blamed

By Thanh Luan, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnam's undersea Internet cable, which snapped on April 23, is expected to be fixed by May 12, two days later than originally scheduled, due to bad weather, an Internet provider said.
Lam Quoc Cuong, director of state-owned telecom giant VNPT International, told Thanh Nien Monday that a team of Asia American Gateway (AAG) technicians is expected to finish work on the cable by 5 pm that day.
The AAG cable, which is used by VNPT and three other Internet providers, FPT Telecom, Viettel and SPT, snapped reportedly due a short circuit in the section linking southern Vietnam with Hong Kong.
This is not the first time the 20,000-kilometer cable, laid in 2007, has had problems. The same segment had snapped last January, and it had taken three weeks to fix it.
Similar ruptures have occurred seven times since 2011, prompting local investors to invest in a new undersea cable linking Vietnam with Japan, which is expected to be ready next year.
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Bac Son had said last month that ruptures in the cable could be caused by many things, including fishing nets and even sabotage.

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