Two undersea cable routes APG and IA will be repaired in April

Updated information on repair and troubleshooting plans on Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) and Intra Asia (IA, also known as Lien A) undersea fiber optic cable lines has just been announced by a representative of an Internet service provider. in Vietnam shared with VietNamNet on the evening of February 6.

APG and IA are 2 of 5 undersea cable routes that account for most of the Internet connection capacity from Vietnam to international destinations, along with 3 other routes including Asia America Gateway (AAG), AAE-1 (Asia – Africa – Euro 1) and SMW3 (also known as SEA – ME – WE3).

In particular, the APG cable has been officially put into operation since mid-December 2016. With a length of about 10,400 km, the cable route is located under the Pacific Ocean, with connection points in China, Hong Kong (China), Taiwan (China), Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore. , Thailand and Vietnam. APG is invested by VNPT, Viettel, FPT Telecom, CMC Telecom and is considered a cable route that contributes to bringing a stable transmission line with a larger capacity to Internet users in Vietnam.

Consecutively at the end of December 2022 and January 2023, APG undersea cable has a problem on branches S6 connecting to Hong Kong (China) and S9 with the fault cable location about 151 km from the SEA docking station. These two problems cause the loss of all capacity on the APG cable.

According to the new tentative plan announced to the carriers in Vietnam, the problem on the S6 branch of the APG route will be fixed in the period from March 23, 2023 to March 27, 2023; The error on the S9 branch connecting to Singapore and Japan will be fixed in April 2023.

Currently, two-quarters of the undersea fiber optic cable lines have problems, and there are plans to repair and overcome them (Illustration image: Internet)

With IA, this international undersea fiber optic cable had a problem for the first time this year on the S1 branch connecting to Singapore on January 28, with the broken cable location about 130 km from the Singapore landing station of the cable line.

A representative of an ISP in Vietnam also said that the IA cable management unit is in the process of applying for a license and registering a repair ship. The expected time to fix the problem is around mid-March 2023.

With a total length of 6,800 km, the IA cable connects Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan. Lien A is considered an important fiber optic route to transit traffic to the Americas and Europe for customers in Vietnam and the region.

Besides the two APG and IA routes, there are currently two other undersea cable routes, AAG and AAE-1, also having problems. Up to now, the network operators have not received notice of the repair and troubleshooting schedule of those two cable lines.

Although facing a rare situation – up to 4 undersea cable lines had problems, in the past time, network operators have urgently implemented rescue plans to minimize the impact on service quality. for users.

According to experts, depending on the type of fault and location, the repair of undersea fiber optic cable problems will last from a few weeks to a few months. Representatives of 2 major carriers are VNPTViettel all confirmed that they have been actively working with the cable management unit to quickly handle it.

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