Internet users in Vietnam will have to suffer slow connection speeds for at least 18 more days, as repairs to the undersea cable system, part of which broke down on Monday, can only begin on September 29 and will take a week to finish.
A break in the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable system connecting the Vietnamese coastal city of Vung Tau and Hong Kong occurred somewhere near the latter’s coast at 11:41 pm on Monday, Sep 15.
Internet speeds in the country thus plummeted to a snail’s pace due to the cut, the second in two months, after another break on July 16.
The AAG is a 20,000-kilometre long submarine communications cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the USA mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.
The cable has landing points at the USA, Hawaii, Guam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei and Vietnam.
The cable has encountered frequent breaks and outages since its entry into service in late 2009. Most of the outages are located at the intra-Asia segments between Hong Kong and Singapore, while the segment between Hong Kong and the Philippines seems to have less problems. The segments between the Philippines and the U.S. are quite stable.