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Vietnam's Spotty Internet Connection to Persist Until April

Vietnam’s subpar internet speeds are likely to persist until the first week of April.

As Tuoi Tre reports, an unnamed internet service provider shared on March 27 that it would take a few more days to completely fix the broken Asia American Gateway (AAG) undersea cable due to a delay in deploying maintenance ships. Therefore, Vietnam’s internet will only return to normal by April 5.

The newspaper added that problems with the AAG cable occurred on February 18. This happened while repairs were in progress on one of the country’s main submarine cables, the Intra-Asia (IA) cable, which malfunctioned in early February.

The delay is largely due to the complexity of the breakage, as both the Singapore-bound and Hong Kong-bound branches have had issues. While work on the Singapore-bound branch might take until April 1 instead of March 25 as predicted, the status of the Hong Kong-bound branch is still undetermined.

The 6,800-kilometer-long IA cable was put into use in November 2009, linking Vietnam with Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan.


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