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Vietnam's submarine cable encounters trouble again

Staff Writer | October 17, 2017
The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable encountered a technical trouble at 7:00 on October 12, losing signal connection with the Hong Kong (China) station, affecting Vietnam’s international internet links.
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This is the fourth time the cable network was disrupted in 2017. The previous incidents occurred in January, February and August. The latest interruption on August 27 was fixed on September 26.

Representatives of internet service providers said that they have promptly taken back-up plans to address the problem, thus minising effects on the service quality.

The AAG cable, with a designed capacity reaching 2T/s, is one of the four intercontinental internet cable systems of Vietnam. It is used by major local providers, namely FPT Telecom, VNPT, Viettel and SPT.

The AAG cable was put into operation in November 2009, directly connecting Southeast Asia and the US. It also links Southeast Asia with Europe, Australia and Africa.

However, the system has repeatedly faced troubles, causing internet disconnections from Vietnam to other countries.