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Vietnam’s Internet on ‘go-slow’ till early April

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 10:04 GMT+7

Internet speed in Vietnam will remain slow until early April due to delays in repairing the country’s major submarine cable system.

A representative of one local Internet service provider confirmed on Monday afternoon that repair work to the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable system is expected to be completed by April 5.

The delay has been caused by the late arrival of the repair ship, according to the source.

The AAG 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.

Vietnam is connected to four international submarine Internet cable systems, namely the AAG, SMW3 (Southeast Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 3), TVH (Thailand-Vietnam-Hong Kong), and IA (Intra Asia).

The problem occurred along the AAG system on February 18, while another error was also detected on the IA cable system in February.

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.

Originally scheduled for completion on March 25, the repair work is now anticipated to conclude on April 4.

According to experts, Internet speed in the country will remain sluggish for at least one more week.

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