Damaged cable slows internet

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 18:29

Viet Nam has lost about 40 per cent of its internet connectivity. — Photo Sohoa
HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Viet Nam has lost about 40 per cent of its internet connectivity since a submarine cable between Viet Nam and the United States was sliced open on Monday. It is the third time this year that the cable has been damaged.

The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable was cut at 23.26 p.m, according to AAG management centre.

The damaged cable was found off the coast of Hong Kong (China).

The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) said that the breakdown had reduced Internet connectivity of telecom providers between Viet Nam, Hong Kong and the US by about 40 per cent.

Internet providers are trying to use more broadband to minimise the effects.

The details were confirmed by Nguyen Van Khoa, a director of FPT Telecom.

When another breakdown occurred in July, most internet providers used similar techniques to deal with the breakdown.

FPT Telecom is working with AAG units to repair the damage. However, it warned that as Hong Kong was being hit by tropical storm Kalmaegi, the repair team would need more time to repair the damage, said Khoa.

In July, the cable was found cut 18 kilometres off the coast of Vung Tau city in the south at a depth of 19 metres.

The 20,000-kilometre cable, which connects South-east Asia to the United States was also damaged and later repaired in February. — VNS

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