The Internet in Vietnam is set to return to normal after the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) undersea fiber optic cable system was repaired. The international cable system, which connects Southeast Asia to the mainland US across the Pacific Ocean, experienced a break off the coast of Vung Tau on December 20. This caused a slowdown or disruption for many Internet users in Vietnam for the past ten days.
Here are some key takeaways:
- AAG cable system experiences break off Vung Tau.
- Repair efforts underway, expected to resume service on January 9.
- Essential component of Southeast Asia’s Internet infrastructure.
Repair Efforts Underway to Restore Normal Internet Connectivity
However, a cable layer vessel has now been deployed from Singapore to fix the defect, located some 278km off the coast of Vung Tau and 120m below the sea. According to Lam Quoc Cuong, Director of VNPI International, the cable is expected to go back into service on January 9.
The December 20 incident affected subscribers of four local Internet service providers, including FPT Telecom, Viettel Telecom, VNPT, and SPT. Many were unable to access international services, including email, websites, chat, and video services. FPT Telecom has reported that it has managed to make up for 70% of the affected traffic.
AAG Cable System: An Essential Component of Southeast Asia’s Internet Infrastructure
The AAG cable system is a 20,000 kilometer submarine communications cable that has landing points in ten locations, including the US, Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, and Vietnam. It was funded by 19 partners at a cost of $500 million and has been in use since late 2009. Despite its frequent breaks and outages, the AAG cable system remains an essential component of the region’s Internet infrastructure.
In conclusion, the recent break of the Asia-America Gateway undersea fiber optic cable system has disrupted Internet services in Vietnam for the past ten days. However, repair efforts are underway, and the cable is expected to be back in service by early January. This will restore normal Internet connectivity for the country and ensure that users can once again access international services with ease.