​Sluggish connection haunts Vietnam users again as submarine Internet cables encounter problems

Two out of three submarine cable systems essential to Vietnam’s international connectivity have been affected this week

A diver is seen fixing a submarine cable cut in this file photo.

Problems have once again occurred to two of Vietnam’s major submarine Internet cables, which had just been repaired last month, resulting in sluggish connection.

The Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable system encountered an issue at around 7:20 am on Thursday, a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper has said.

Initial information showed that the problem was caused by a submarine cable break near Hong Kong.

Earlier on Tuesday, the South-East Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 3 (SMW-3) was also affected by a technical error.

According to a local Internet service provider, the two incidents will slow down the international connectivity of users in central and southern Vietnam.

In late August, problems were reported on three submarine communications cables crucial to Vietnam’s international connectivity, including the AAG, SMW-3, and Intra-Asia (IA).

The AAG cable system was fixed on September 26, while repairs to the IA system were completed on September 30.

The AAG is a 20,000-km submarine communications cable system connecting Southeast Asia with the U.S. mainland across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.

The US$560 million submarine system strikes land in Vietnam in Vung Tau City in the south, delivering up to two terabits per second.

Meanwhile, the SMW-3 is the world’s longest cable system, which is 39,000 kilometers long, connecting Vietnam and 39 other countries through the landing point in central Da Nang City.

The IA cable system was inaugurated in November 2009 with a total length of 6,800 km, linking Internet users in Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.

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