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AAE-1 undersea optic cable runs into problem

AAE-1 undersea optic cable runs into problem

Saturday, September 30, 2023, 17:31 GMT+7
AAE-1 undersea optic cable runs into problem
People use smartphones at a park in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine optic cable system has encountered a problem, causing loss of internet data transmission capacity on the section that connects with Singapore, while the repair of another cable system has yet to be completed. 

The cause of the incident, which occurred on Wednesday, has yet to be determined.

Internet service providers in Vietnam have yet to receive a repair notice from managers of the AAE-1 cable system, which has been put into operation since July 2017.

AAE-1 is a 25,000km submarine cable from Southeast Asia to Europe across Egypt, connecting Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

The system is among the five submarine cable systems that connects Vietnam with the world, with the four others including the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG), the Asia-America Gateway (AAG), the TGN-Intra Asia Cable System (TGN-IA), and the South-East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 3 (SMW-3).

This is the third time the AAE-1 has faced a problem following two previous incidents in May and September 2021.

In the end of January this year, the APG, which links eight countries and regions in Asia, including Vietnam, also faced problems, disrupting the internet transmission.

The repair of this 10,400 km-long system, which was put in use at the end of 2016, has not been completed so far.

Among the APG system’s investors are four Vietnamese firms, namely Viettel, VNPT, CMC and FPT.

Currently, with the failure of the two undersea optical cable systems, the Internet connection traffic from Vietnam to abroad has been significantly affected.

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