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Vietnamese network operator assures normal operation amid Internet instability concerns

Vietnamese network operator assures normal operation amid Internet instability concerns

Wednesday, December 06, 2023, 15:00 GMT+7
Vietnamese network operator assures normal operation amid Internet instability concerns
Employees work at a company in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A representative from a Vietnamese network operator on Tuesday affirmed that all five undersea fiber optic cable lines connecting Vietnam’s Internet to the global network are operating normally, in response to concerns circulating on social media about instability linked to a damaged cable in the Southeast Asian country.

The network representative said that all five routes AAG, APG, AAE-1, SMW3, and IA (Lien A) are currently functioning normally.

According to the representative, the incident on the AAE-1 undersea fiber optic cable line in late September was repaired by international partners on November 22, and the capacity on this cable line has now been fully restored. 

The AAG undersea fiber optic cable line was also repaired in early November after encountering issues near the landing station in Vung Tau-Ba Ria Province, southern Vietnam.

Between the end of 2022 and early 2023, all five mentioned undersea fiber optic cable lines experienced problems, with some consistently breaking, significantly impacting the speed of Vietnam’s international Internet connection. 

Despite network operators implementing backup measures, simultaneous issues with the cable lines resulted in a noticeable reduction in connection speed.

As of the end of September, the Department of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Information and Communications announced that the undersea fiber optic cable system connecting Vietnam to the international Internet is expected to be operational with three additional routes ADC, SJC2, and ALC by the end of 2026.

The long-term goal is to invest in six more undersea fiber optic cable lines by 2030, with Vietnamese telecommunications enterprises overseeing approximately three of the routes.

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Bao Anh - Duc Thien / Tuoi Tre News

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