Maintenance of Vietnam’s Internet to finish ahead of schedule

Hopefully your Internet allows you to read this: the ongoing maintenance of the submarine cable system feeding Vietnam’s Internet connectivity will finish nearly four days earlier than scheduled.

The Internet in Vietnam has been extremely slow recently, as the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) underwater cable system has been undergoing major maintenance since June 7.

The operator of the AAG had said the maintenance would end at 7:00 am on June 17, but some Vietnamese network operators said June 10 repairs will be finished on June 13.

“Repairs to the cable system have been sped up to finish ahead of schedule,” Bui Quoc Viet, director of public relations with VNPT, a leading Internet service provider, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

Internet speeds will return to normal at around 5:40 pm this June 13, and the maintenance will officially be concluded two days later, Viet said.

“The task will be completed earlier than scheduled as the location of the incident was detected quickly,” he added.

On May 26, the AAG suffered from what was said to be a glitch, and Internet speeds in Vietnam have since been unstable and become even slower since the maintenance started.

The latest incident was the fourth to have occurred on the submarine cable system, which links Vietnam to the US, in the year to date, and the seventh since last year.

On April 23 part of the system suffered a rupture and it took as many as 20 days to be fixed, a period during which Internet users in Vietnam were left irked by the snail-like speed.

The AAG is a 20,000-kilometer-long submarine communications cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the US mainland across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.

Vietnam is connected to four international submarine Internet cable systems, namely the AAG, SMW3 (Southeast Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 3), TVH (Thailand-Vietnam-Hong Kong), and IA (Intra Asia).

But Internet traffic in Vietnam is greatly affected whenever the AAG cable ruptures, as the system has the largest capacity out of the four.

VNPT, Viettel, and FPT are reportedly participating in a trans-Asia Pacific cable system project that will connect Asia with the US and is scheduled to go online in 2016.