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Slow internet connections expected over weekend

Update: June, 21/2016 - 12:05
The internet connection speed is expected to be slower than usual beginning on Wednesday, as the submarine cable enters its regular maintenance period from June 22-27.— Photo kenh14.vn

HCM CITY — The internet connection speed is expected to be slower than usual beginning on Wednesday, as the submarine cable enters its regular maintenance period from June 22-27.

The work on the America Asia Gateway (AAG) cable system will cause slower or disrupted connections on websites and online services hosted outside the country, such as Hong Kong or the US, tech newswire ICTNews reported last week.

Connections for locally hosted platforms will not be affected

ICTNews said the incident would mostly affect subscribers of such internet service providers as VNPT, FTP and Viettel, should these companies not have any alternative cable systems to ensure traffic.

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

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

But internet traffic in Việt Nam is greatly affected whenever the AAG cable ruptures, as the system has the largest capacity of the four.

Since being put into operation in November 2009, the AAG has experienced repeated problems, with two ruptures in 2014 and four cable cuts in 2015.

In Viet Nam, internet connections were slow between March 3 and 18 due to a power leakage in the system, according to ICTNews.

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

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