Faulty undersea cable slows internet speed in Vietnam again

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HANOI, July 28 (Vietnam News/ANN): The Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable, which connects nine countries and territories in the region, is experiencing problems with its S3 branch, about 427 km from China.

The fault was detected at 4 p.m. on July 26, the internet service provider (ISP) said. It is unclear how long it will take for the cable to be repaired.

Last year, the country’s undersea internet cable was interrupted four times. This year there have been two disruptions, the first in April lasting 10 days.

The APG cable, officially launched in December 2016, can provide bandwidths of up to 54 tbps (terabits per second). It runs 10,400 km under the Pacific Ocean, connecting Japan with Mainland China, Hong Kong (China), Taiwan (China), Malaysia, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.

The cable has participation from Vietnamese telecommunications companies like the state-run Vietnam Telecommunications Group, the military-run Viettel, and two private groups, FPT Telecom and CMC Telecom.

Việt Nam has one of the highest internet usage and development speeds in the world.

In January 2021, out of its population of more than 96 million, the number of internet users reached around 69 million, according to a survey by German data portal Statista.

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