Internet users in Vietnam can now say goodbye to connection at a snail’s speed as the breaks on the submarine cable providing connectivity to the country have been repaired one day earlier than scheduled.
Repairs to the ruptures on the section S1I, connecting the Vietnamese coastal city of Vung Tau and Hong Kong, of the AAG (Asia Gateway Pacific) underwater cable system started at 11:15 pm on Wednesday and finished around 7:45 am today, October 2, the AAG operator said.
By that time, 100 percent of Vietnam’s Internet traffic had been restored, relieving users in the Southeast Asian country of disrupted or slow connections that lasted for more than two weeks.
The repair task will officially finish at 7:00 am on October 4, with cable burying work now in progress.
It was expected that Internet connection in Vietnam would return to normal on October 3.
The first break on the S1I section was identified at 11:41 pm on September 15, at a location 64km from Hong Kong’s coast. On September 29, the second rupture was found 4km from the first cut.
The cable breaks then slowed down Internet traffic in the country.
Internet traffic in Vietnam is greatly affected whenever the AAG cable is ruptured as the AAG has the most capacity out of the four submarine Internet cables that provide connectivity to the Southeast Asian country, according to an official from FPT, a leading Vietnamese telecom firm.
The AAG is a 20,000-kilometer-long submarine communications cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the U.S. mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.
The cable has encountered frequent breaks and outages since it was completed in late 2009.