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Issues in 3 submarine cables to slow down Internet speed in Vietnam

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 11:01 GMT+7
Issues in 3 submarine cables to slow down Internet speed in Vietnam

Issues have been detected in three of Vietnam’s submarine cable systems, namely AAG, IA, and AAE-1, which will likely affect Internet speed in the country in the upcoming weeks.

The AAG cable system was affected by a problem on Sunday morning, resulting in the loss of 1,100 gigabytes of international data.

A different issue had occurred along branch S1H of this cable system on November 14.

According to military-run Viettel, one of the country's leading Internet service providers, two other cable systems including IA and AAE-1 have also been hit with several issues.

These problems may lead to sluggish Internet speed in the country in the coming time.

It remains unclear what caused the disruptions to the AAG and AAE-1 cable systems, or when the errors will be fixed.

Meanwhile, the IA system is expected to be repaired by February 3, a representative from Viettel stated.

Local Internet providers have taken certain measures to minimize the effects of the issues and to respond to spiking Internet usage during the upcoming New Year and Lunar New Year, or Tet, holidays.

Normal access to international sites, including Google, Facebook and YouTube, will be ensured, the Viettel representative stated.

AAG (Asia America Gateway) is a 20,000-kilometer submarine communications cable system providing one of Vietnam’s lifeline Internet gateways to the world by linking it with other Southeast Asian countries and with the U.S. across the Pacific Ocean.

With a total length of 6,800 km, IA (Intra-Asia) links Internet users in Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.

The AAE-1 (Asia Africa Europe 1) connects 19 countries and territories in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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