Vietnam’s Internet connectivity speeds are moving at full steam ahead after the recently uncovered problem with the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) communications cable system was solved much earlier than previously expected.
Repair work on the major submarine cable system was completed at around 5:10 pm on Wednesday, a representative of Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), a major Internet service provider in Vietnam, confirmed on Thursday.
VNPT worked in close coordination with its international partners to fix the issue, the representative stated.
The error was discovered at around 11:50 pm on Monday, which slowed down connectivity between Vietnam and the global network.
It was expected to take two to three weeks to fix the problem. However, the problem was later identified as a simple technical error.
As the submarine cable was not ruptured, resolving the issue was relatively quick and easy, the VNPT staff said.
Running about 10,400 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean, APG connects Vietnam with mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Singapore.
It delivers a capacity of up to 54Tbps, the greatest of all networks in Asia.
This is the fifth problem that has occurred to the cable system since it launched in 2016.
Other systems vital to Vietnam’s international connectivity are the Asia America Gateway (AAG), the Southeast Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 3 (SMW-3) cable, and the Intra-Asia (IA) cable.