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Undersea cable in Southeast Asia breaks, causes slower internet




Having slow internet lately? Bad news of the day: Internet speeds all across Southeast Asia have been significantly reduced due to a broken undersea cable in Vietnam.

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One major underwater cable, the AAG or Asia-America Gateway, that connects Southern Vietnam to Hong Kong was cut on September 15. AAG is a 20,000-kilometer communications cable connecting Southeast Asia to the United States via Guam and Hawaii. It is also the primary source of connection for most of Vietnam’s telecommunication systems, as AAG is carrying most of the capacity and Vietnam only has four submarine internet cables to boot.

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Telecom authorities say that it’s likely caused by anchors of local ships who pass through the maritime area which also happens to be the area where the cables are laid. Blames were also pointed at the system’s poor technical design. “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 for FPT Telecom in Vietnam.

Repairs for the broken cable will start on September 29, and may take 20 days or more to finish depending on the weather.

[with reports from 12, 3]



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20 Responses

  1. bryan_mmx says:

    So globe can now use this excuse to cover up their declining/poor LTE service which I have been complaining since 2 months before the cable breaks? Just great.

    • Fil-Am says:

      Choosy ka pa te. nasa 3rd world country ka hello? wala ng pag asa ang pilipinas. Tapos sa election ang iboboto mo si Jejomar Binay pa. e kayo nagpapahirap sa pilipinas eh. haha! You deserve that internet speed.

    • peenoy says:

      fil-am bro wag ka naman ganyan naalala mo pa nung bata pa tau ikaw ung tiga hugas ng pwet ko bat ganun nasa ibang bansa kana un parin ung gawain mo… bro magbago kana

  2. Jan. says:

    Was it ever fast in the first place?

  3. Fil-Am daw says:

    sus, Fil-Am pa gusto, ikaw choosy ka pa eh taga sqautters area ka lang naman. peste!

    • Beatty says:

      Hoy, kiking ina mo. kahit makipag away ka pa kay Fil-Am wala parin mangyayari sa Pilipinas nyong bulok. hahahaha ang boung pilipinas squatter. parang ikaw mukhang squa. ang cheap nyo lang. aanhin nyo ang mabilis na internet speed kung ang phoens nyo lang ay cherry mobile? hahahaahhaha OMG di makabili ng iphone.

    • peenoy says:

      hoy beaty lam ko pokpok ka dati nakaangat kalang kala mo kung sino ka pachupa nmn hahah

  4. Pat says:

    Ilang submarine cables meron ang pinas?

  5. AlengMalaki says:

    as if naman super bilis ang net ng pinas eh kht mag loko yan gnun pa din speed ng connection Slow!

  6. Erdie Manalo says:

    Hoy Beatty at Fil-Am PUUKINGG INA ka! akala mo kung sino kang anak sa labas nakatungtung ka lang sa ibang bansa kung magsalita kala mo wala kang dugong pinoy. May pag asa ang pilipinas ang katunayan naka tungtung ka na sa ibang bansa at nakakain ng tiitee fries!

    • Beatty says:

      Erdie Manalo, Bakit kasi di nyo matanggap na ganyan ang pilipinas? ang poor nyo. nakakakawa kayo. oo nasa ibang bansa kami. Malamig at maganda ang buhay. mainggit ka! hahahahahahah

  7. eric jay says:

    havent experienced a slow connection lately. siguro naman sa vietnam part lang yung affected.

  8. OFW says:

    Walang ganyang announcement dito sa Singapore. Palusot lang yan.

  9. jayb says:

    affected lang ang PLDT at bayantel. di kasama Globe dahil di siya part ng cable na yon

  10. borispride says:

    anak ng tinapa mga $%^[email protected]^%@ nakaabroad lang kau kala nyu tumaas na rank nyu eh mga alipin lng nmn kau dun @!$^%[email protected]$^ alam ko dating nyung trabaho dito mga chupalero

  11. cailla says:

    sa vietnam yung naputol, pero yung cable mangggaling muna sa PH bago umabot sa vietnam. so how are we exactly affected again? and kung gateway pala tayo to South east asia bakit tayo pinaka mabagal ang net?!

  12. a says:

    Is this fixed?

  13. WILHELM says:

    But… the Philippines is connected directly to America. So how does Thailand matter???

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