While it was previously reported that Vietnam’s Internet speed would return to normal state by the Lunar New Year’s Day, or January 28, latest information from local Internet service providers suggested that users have to wait much longer than just another two weeks.
As of the end of Friday, the problems on three submarine cable systems that provide Internet connectivity for Vietnam, AAG, APG and IA, remained unfixed.
While it is not uncommon for the AAG to suffer ruptures, this is the first time Vietnam encountered three Internet cable problems at a time.
Users in Vietnam have experienced slow connection, especially when accessing foreign-hosted websites and services, since last week, and the inconvenience is expected to linger well through the Lunar New Year, or Tet.
The most important of the three, AAG, which suffered power loss on January 8, may see its repairs completed on January 29, but it will not resume to normal operation until February 7, according to local service providers.
With Tet beginning on January 28 and running for a week, this means Internet users in Vietnam will celebrate the holiday with snail-paced connectivity.
In the meantime, the problem of the APG will only be fixed by January 23, and there is no official timeline for the repair of the remaining system, IA.
The AAG, or Asia America Gateway, is a 20,000-kilometer-long underwater communications cable, connecting Southeast Asia with the U.S. mainland across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.
The Intra Asia (IA) underwater cable system was launched in late 2009, connecting Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan, while the APG (Asia- Pacific Gateway) links eight countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, and South Korea.