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Fast New Undersea Cable Linking Vietnam, Asian Countries to Come Online in 2022

Perhaps this one will be less delicious to sharks.

VnExpress reports that a 9,400-kilometer-long submarine internet cable with 140 terabytes per second (TBps) of bandwidth connecting to Vietnam will be completed by the end of 2022. This is faster than all of the cables currently linked to the country.

NEC, the Japanese tech company, has been chosen by the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) consortium to lay a cable with multiple pairs of optical fibers to ensure high-speed transmission. In addition to Vietnam, the new cable will link Hong Kong, China, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. It will reach Vietnam in Quy Nhon on the south-central coast.

The ADC includes Singtel, China Telecom, SoftBank, Tata Communications, Viettel and other regional telecommunications companies.

Chang Weiguo, an ADC co-chair, told the tech news site ZDNet: "The ADC system provides the highest cable capacity and necessary diversity for Asia's key information hubs, which will enable carriers and service providers to better plan their networks and services for a sustainable development.

NEC is also currently laying the 10,500-kilometer-long Southeast Asia Japan 2 cable (SJC2), which will run at 144TBps and reach Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. The SJC2 is currently scheduled to come online next year.

Ooi Seng Keat, an executive at Singtel, an ISP in Singapore, told the news source that the cables will meet rising demand for internet bandwidth and also facilitate the expansion of 5G and Internet-of-Things (IoT) services.

"The new cable will enhance our infrastructure and also our ability to harness new technologies for future growth," he added." Together with the Southeast Asia Japan Cable 2 system to be completed next year, the Asia Direct Cable will boost the diversity and resilience of our global network."

Perhaps these new links will also spell the end of Vietnam's frequent internet disruptions.

[Photo via FNNews]

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