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Vietnam's Internet Cable Breaks for 5th Time This Year, But Who's Surprised

It's just another week in Vietnam, as one of the country's major undersea internet cables has encountered problems yet again.

VnExpress reports that the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable was disrupted on Tuesday, the fifth of such breakages this year. The damage occurred on a spur linking Saigon to the main line and will slow down connection speeds in the region.

The cause of the problem is unknown at this time, and there is no repair schedule in place yet.

The news source shares that national internet service providers (ISPs) have rerouted their connections through other cables in order to ensure stable networks for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperate (APEC) summit taking place in Da Nang this week.

Just this year the AAG has broken down in January, February, August and October, while the most recent repairs to the line were completed just two weeks ago.

The AAG went online in 2009 and handles over 60% of Vietnam's international internet traffic. The cable is over 12,000 miles long and connects the United States to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

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