The two submarine cable systems suffered problems and were shutdown nearly two weeks ago.
Accordingto Nguyen Duc Trung, General Director of the ministry’s Telecommunication Departmentsaid his agency has directed relevant enterprises to swiftly overcome theproblem.
The repair ship could access thewaters where the damaged cables are located, he said.
Telecommunication enterprises have worked with foreign partners to switch connection,completing about 80-90 percent of the work.
The Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT) said the APG line’s operationshave returned normal and the connection on the AAG system will recover by January 27 or 28.
The military-run telecommunication group Viettel has coordinated with its partnersto address the problem, basically meet customers’ demand for Internet service.
Deputy Minister of Information andCommunications Phan Tam has asked the Telecommunication Department to enhancesupervision and inspection of ways to improve the service quality of relevantenterprises after the breakdown.
In 2016, the 20,000km-long AAG cable was disruptedfour times and maintenance work had to be undertaken in March, June, August andSeptember.
The AAG, one of the four intercontinental internetcable systems of Vietnam, is used by major local providers, namely, FPTTelecom, VNPT, Viettel and SPT.
The AAG cable came into use in November 2009,directly connecting Southeast Asia and the United States. It also linksSoutheast Asia with Europe, Australia and Africa.
Meanwhile, the APG, which connects mainland China, HongKong, Taiwan, Japan, the Republic of Korea (RoK), Malaysia, Singapore, Thailandand Vietnam, boasts a capacity of 54 Tbps, the highest of any network in Asia.It is also 20 times more than the AAG.
Initiated in 2009, the APG is a partnership between Chunghwa Telecom(Taiwan-China), China Telecom (China), China Unicom (China), KT Corporation(RoK), NTT Communications (Japan), PLDT (the Philippines), Telekom Malaysia(Malaysia) and VNPT (Vietnam).
Previously, the APG cable system snapped and the damage was spotted near Hong Kong onJanuary 10. However, the issue was resolved the same day.
However, the system faced troubles again onJanuary 11, causing discontinuation in connection from Vietnam to Hong Kong,Singapore and the US, affecting Internet speed in Vietnam.
Network providers will expand transmissionchannels to ensure connectivity this year. The Asia-Pacific Gateway underseacable system is expected to help double the country’s internet traffic to othercountries.
The Asia Africa Euro 1, connecting Asiancountries to Europe and Africa, is also under construction and isexpected to become operational this year.-VNA
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