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AAG cable to temporarily shut down

Released at: 17:12, 04/06/2015

AAG cable to temporarily shut down

Key internet cable to close for ten days from June 7 to allow for repairs.

by Son Ho

Mr. Lam Quoc Cuong, General Director of VNPT-I, has confirmed that network flows via the AAG optical cable will be temporarily suspended for around ten days starting from June 7. The closure is necessary to fully repair the cable, which broke down on May 26 and has been unstable since.

Internet connections from Vietnam to the world will be affected as the repairs are made. Internet service providers (ISPs) are planning to redirect their network flows to other lines while leasing other onshore cable routes.

The AAG cable has broken down three times this year, on January 1, April 23, and most recently on May 26. On the two previous occasions it took 19 days for full repairs to be made.

AAG stands for Asia - America Gateway and is a 20,000-kilometer-long undersea cable connecting Southeast Asia with US cable systems around Guam and Hawaii, starting in 2009. Since then it has experienced numerous issues in the leg between Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore.

Major ISPs in Vietnam, such as FPT Telecom, Viettel, VNPT, VDC, and SPT, use the AAG cable to connect globally.

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