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Vietnam's Undersea Cable Breaks Yet Again Due to Typhoon

Prepare for yet another period of lagging internet as poor weather has hampered repairs to the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable.

Vietnam’s notoriously unreliable international internet connection suffered a rupture yesterday at 5pm, reports VnExpress.

The cable’s operator said that Typhoon Nida, which recently tore though the Chinese mainland, was not only responsible for the break but also made it difficult for maintenance workers to complete necessary repairs.

Vietnam began using the AAG to connect its internet users in late 2009. The cable, which spans 20,000 kilometers and links Southeast Asia with the United States, broke twice in 2014 and three times in 2015. The US$560 million system is a joint venture among 19 partners, including Vietnam’s Viettel, VNPT, FPT and STP.

Given the routine issues with the AAG connection, Vietnamese companies are currently exploring three additional undersea cables to ensure better internet performance. 

[Photo via Lifehacker]

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