- Published on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:51
- Written by Saigoneer. Illustration by Chau Vo Truong.
If you’ve been wondering what happened to Vietnam’s internet connection over the last few days, get this: the country’s submarine cable is broken. Again.
According to internet provider VNPT Vinaphone, reports VnExpress, the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable has been having issues since last Sunday, thus slowing down all signals between Vietnam and the rest of the international network.
This is first time the AAG has broken this year – though it's only January 10 – following a handful of disruptions last year.
VNPT also added that the transmission issue happened off the coast of Vung Tau but did not comment on when the country’s internet connection will return to normal.
Last Tuesday, Vietnam also announced that it is now making use of the Asia-Pacific Submarine Cable, a new connection that links several regional nations together, including Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam.
The new network is supposedly twice as fast as the AAG and will help Vietnam reduce reliance on the existing network.