By VnExpress

This is the second time the Asia America Gateway has been disrupted this year.

Vietnam’s internet speed is likely to slow in the coming days following problems with the notorious cable that connects the country with the U.S., local media quoted sources as saying on Sunday.

The incident took place late on Saturday, and details of when the cable will be fixed have not been provided.

This is the second time that the Asia America Gateway (AAG) has been disrupted this year following several ruptures last year.

The latest repair work on the AAG was only completed in late January after it cut off on January 8.

This new disruption was triggered by a problem on the cable between Vietnam and Hong Kong.

In early January, the AAG and two other internet cables, the Intra Asia (IA) and the newly launched Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), all experienced problems and were subsequently shut down.

The APG was back up on January 23 while the IA is expected to be fixed by February 25, VietnamPlus quoted service provider Viettel as saying Sunday.


By VnExpress

Two other major submarine cables connecting Vietnam to the world remain disrupted.

Repair work on the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) undersea cable system that links Vietnam with its neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region has been completed, Vietnamplus reported, quoting service provider VNPT Vinaphone.

The APG Submarine Cable began operations in late December and was officially launched on January 3. It suffered problems and was shut down together with the Intra Asia (IA) cable system and the notorious Asia America Gateway (AAG) nearly two weeks ago.

According to VNPT, repairs to the APG were completed at 11 a.m. yesterday. The rupture-prone AAG connecting Vietnam and the U.S. is back up to 80 percent of its capacity and is expected to be fully operational by January 29.

It is not clear when the disruption to the IA undersea cable connecting Vietnam to Hong Kong and other parts of Asia will be fixed.


By Subsea Explorer

ASN Marine on behalf of Alcatel Submarine Networks has been contracted to undertake an emergency repair of the Globacom-1 (GLO-1) submarine fibre optic cable in UK territorial waters.

The subsea cable system GLO-1 stretches from UK across West Africa and has landing points in Nigeria, London and Lisbon.

It is a 9,800 km cable, developed by Globacom and Alcatel-Lucent.

The C/S Ile d’Aix cable laying vessel is scheduled to arrive on site on February 16, to start the repair works.

The cable repair will take approximately seven days depending upon weather or other operational conditions, Kis Orca informed.

The GLO-1 cable has a capacity of 2.5Tbps.


By Giff Johnson, Marianas Variety

MAJURO — After over three weeks in Internet purgatory, the Marshall Islands is back online following completion of repairs to the one submarine fiber optic cable linking the country to the outside world.

Since the cable was turned off Dec. 28 to allow repairs of a “power anomaly” to proceed, the country had been using satellite communications that reduced bandwidth available to this nation of 55,000 by 97 percent.


The cable repair centered on the submarine cable at a location about 10 miles west of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, which hosts the Reagan Missile Test Site facility. The cable links Majuro, Ebeye, the Army base at Kwajalein and Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia to Guam.

National Telecommunications Authority General Manager Tommy Kijiner Jr. said that it initially took the repair crew longer to identify the exact location of the problem on the cable, which contributed to what was originally announced as a nine-day repair job lasting 23 days.


By Telecompaper

Telenor Norway said a cut to the sea cable in Bindal in Nordland county on the afternoon of 04 February has left the town without services. Four out of the seven base stations are out of order, it said. Replacement work is expected to start on 07 February.

Telenor said approximately 370 broadband customers and 120 fixed telephony subscribers have been affected. The replacement work could take some time, the company said, as the line could not be repaired.



Vietnam’s internet speed slowed on Sunday morning following problems with the notorious cable that connects the country with the U.S., local media reported, quoting internet provider VNPT Vinaphone.

This is the first time that the Asia America Gateway (AAG) has been disrupted this year following several ruptures last year.

The disruption was triggered by a problem off the southern town of Vung Tau, VNPT Vinaphone said, without saying when it will be fixed.

Vietnamese service providers have been trying to ease their reliance on the AAG in recent years. The 20,000-kilometer system, installed in 2009, has broken or been shut down for maintenance many times since 2011.

A new undersea cable costing $450 million connecting Vietnam with neighbors in the Asia-Pacific region was officially fired up on January 3, promising internet speed twice as fast.

However, the new cable has already experienced a number of issues, prompting operators to conduct maintenance work only a few days after it opened.