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Viettel invests US$50 million in new sea fibre-optic cable

Update: June, 27/2016 - 09:00
Viettel invests in new sea fibre-optic cable
Viet Nam News

HCM City – Viettel has invested US$50 million in an AAE-1 sea fibre-optic cable offshore station at Vũng Tàu that is set to operate by the end of the year.

The cable, which has a length of 23,000 km, will connect Asia, Africa and Europe.

The cable system also has offshore stations in Hong Kong, Singapore, France and other locations.

Total investment for the system is $820 million, with 20 leading telecommunication companies in 18 countries providing funds.

Viettel will have a total volume of 2 terabits per second on the cable.

The cable will play an important role in Viettel’s international connection infrastructure, meeting demand for international bandwidth in Việt Nam and serving connections with Europe and several African countries where Viettel has investments, including Tanzania and Burundi.

The connection with the AAE-1 fibre-optic cable will increase safety and stabilisation for Viettel’s international network connection as well as national information security.

Vietnamese telecommunication enterprises are currently connected through several different sea fibre-optic cables, including AAG, which is 20,000km long with a volume of 2 terabits per second.

It began operating in November 2009, connecting South East Asia with the US, Australia, India and Africa.

Though the cable has helped Việt Nam connect with the rest of the world, it has had many repairs, causing internet connection disruptions.

As a result, Vietnamese network service providers plan to reduce their volume via international connections through the AAG cable because of its intermittent problems and want to use another cable system. VNS


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