|The welding activities will be completed on July 28, it reported. — File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The broken Asia-America Gateway (AAG) undersea cable will be completely repaired by July 30, restoring full Internet connectivity between Viet Nam and other countries.
According to FPT Telecom, a cable-welding ship was authorised to enter Vietnamese waters on July 21, and began welding operations from 3am on July 26. The welding activities will be completed on July 28, it reported.
On July 15, the cable was found cut 18 kilometres off the coast of Vung Tau City reducing Internet connectivity by 40 per cent. Internet service providers in Viet Nam implemented various measures such as transferring capacity of the line to cable systems on the mainland to ensure the capability and quality of the Internet.
Viet Nam has experienced several undersea internet cable breakages in the last few years with the latest incident occurring last November.
In late November 2013, the AAG cable section between Vung Tau and Hong Kong was also cut, disrupting Internet connectivity for around 60 per cent of users in the Southeast Asian country.
The AAG is a 20,000-kilometre long submarine communications cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the US mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.
Development of the AAG cable system was funded at a cost of US$500 million by 19 partners, including Viet Nam's Viettel and VNPT.
The cable has encountered frequent outages since being ready for service in late 2009.
According to Viet Nam Internet Network Information Centre (VNNIC), as of January 2014, Viet Nam's internet bandwidth reached 128000 Mbps with total network traffic of 197,418,869 Gigabytes. — VNS