New cable system expected to improve Internet traffic

31-Dec-2016 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Major Internet services providers in Vietnam said they had begun using a new submarine optical cable system called Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG), thus improving international Internet traffic.

The Asia-America Gateway (AAG), also a subsea cable system, has long accounted for up to 70 percent of the country’s international Internet traffic, so whenever it is down due to damage or maintenance, Vietnam’s access to international websites like YouTube and Facebook would turn choppy.

Local companies have cooperated with foreign partners to invest in the APG system since 2012, with VNPT contributing $40 million, Viettel $25 million, FPT $10 million and CMC $5 million. The new line runs in the same direction as AAG and Intra Asia (IA).

Nguyen Van Khoa, general director of FPT Telecom, said it connects countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea and Japan with an initial bandwidth of 4 Tbps. The 11,000-kilometer cable has a designed capacity of 15.3 Tbps.

With the APG put into use, international Internet services in Vietnam would not be affected if AAG breaks down as the AGP capacity is much higher than that of AAG, said Le Dang Dung, deputy general director of Viettel.

AAG has snapped multiple times since it was put into operation in 2009. Four local firms, Viettel, VNPT, FPT Telecom and SPT, have interests in this project.

To better their international services, Viettel and VNPT have respectively invested $50 million and U$10 million in the undersea cable system Asia-Africa-euro 1 (AAE-1).

AAE-1 runs in a different direction from AAG, IA and APG, linking Vietnam with Malaysia, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Europe and Africa.

Therefore, even when AAG and IA are disrupted, the new cable line can still work.

Costing $820 million, AAE-1 has attracted investments from 20 telecom firms in 18 countries and territories which the system passes through.

The project’s contractor NEC Corporation has finished connecting it with Vung Tau City and the entire line will be ready soon.


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