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Vietnam’s Undersea Internet Cable Cut Yet Again

Vietnam’s notoriously fragile section of the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable has snapped once again in what is becoming a regular event.

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The break occurred on what seems to be the most vulnerable section of the cable that runs between Vung Tau and Hong Kong.

According to VnExpress, the incident is affecting international access for all Vietnamese internet providers while domestic connections remain normal.

FPT Telecom said that it has rerouted its web traffic through a mainland cable to minimize the impact of the break.

While there is no timetable for repairs, it took 20 days to patch it up when it last ruptured in January.

Some blame sharks while others conjure up Chinese conspiracy theories, but FPT officials have faulted “below-standard technical design” for the regular breaks in the AAG cable.

“I must say that the AAG cable system was built to a below-standard technical design, which is the major reason behind its frequent fractures,” said Nguyen Van Khoa, general director of FPT Telecom.

The $560 million system is a joint venture among 19 partners, including Vietnam’s Viettel, VNPT, FPT, and STP.

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