ISPs plan new fiber optic network in Vietnam

Fed up with the frequent network breakdowns happening on the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine telecommunication cable, local internet service providers (ISPs) in Vietnam are planning for the new cable network.AAG cable has been repaired four times so far this year (2015). The latest repair was just completed last week. These incidents severely affected internet access in Vietnam. Last year, this cable was also broken several times.

In view of the above situation, ISPs in Vietnam have been thinking of construction of new fiber optic cables. Mr. Mai Tri Dung, Director of the International Business Center of Viettel Telecom Corporation, said that Viettel had increased the reserve capacity for 2015 in case the AAG was broken.

Prior to 2011, each time the AAG was broken, Viettel had to pay for the rescue capacity 2-3 times higher than the usual price, and later the additional capacity was available for use after 2-3 days later. To solve this, Viettel has strongly invested in infrastructure resources in the immediate and long-term, and it is the ISP with the largest international infrastructure in Vietnam.

Viettel has switched the technology of the Inter-Asia cable from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps, increasing the total design capacity by up to seven times (from 450 Gbps to nearly 3 Tbps) and reducing the cost to about one tenth.

In 2017 – 2018, Viettel will develop at least two more international cables, connecting to the major IP Hub in the world such as the US, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Its existing network on the Indochina backbone in Laos and Cambodia plays the role of a reserve network and a gateway to open more international directions on land in the future.

Currently, Viettel is a “wholesaler” of international IT traffic for clients in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Brunei, and Malaysia. The list is constantly being expanded.

According to the Centre for Information and Public Relations of the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), VNPT is planning to use the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) undersea cable in 2016 to replace the AAG.

The APG is an undersea cable linking Singapore, Malaysia via Da Nang (Vietnam) to Japan, with an expected bandwidth of 54 Tb/s (nearly 20 times over that of the AAG). The total length of this route is 10,400 km. The total investment in this cable is approximately $600 million.

In addition, VNPT is also cooperating with other partners to increase the capacity of the South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 3 cable (SEA-ME-WE 3 or SMW3 and build the Asia Africa Euros 1 cable (AAE1), with a total length of 25,000 km.

This route links Vietnam and other Asian countries to Europe and Africa. This cable is expected to be put into operation in March 2017. The representative of FPT Telecom said also ongoing investment in APG optic cables.

Fed up with the frequent network breakdowns happening on the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine telecommunication cable, local internet service providers (ISPs) in Vietnam are planning for the new cable network.AAG cable has been repaired four times so far this year (2015). The latest repair was just completed last week. These incidents severely affected internet access in Vietnam. Last year, this cable was also broken several times.

In view of the above situation, ISPs in Vietnam have been thinking of construction of new fiber optic cables. Mr. Mai Tri Dung, Director of the International Business Center of Viettel Telecom Corporation, said that Viettel had increased the reserve capacity for 2015 in case the AAG was broken.

Prior to 2011, each time the AAG was broken, Viettel had to pay for the rescue capacity 2-3 times higher than the usual price, and later the additional capacity was available for use after 2-3 days later. To solve this, Viettel has strongly invested in infrastructure resources in the immediate and long-term, and it is the ISP with the largest international infrastructure in Vietnam.

Viettel has switched the technology of the Inter-Asia cable from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps, increasing the total design capacity by up to seven times (from 450 Gbps to nearly 3 Tbps) and reducing the cost to about one tenth.

In 2017 – 2018, Viettel will develop at least two more international cables, connecting to the major IP Hub in the world such as the US, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Its existing network on the Indochina backbone in Laos and Cambodia plays the role of a reserve network and a gateway to open more international directions on land in the future.

Currently, Viettel is a “wholesaler” of international IT traffic for clients in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Brunei, and Malaysia. The list is constantly being expanded.

According to the Centre for Information and Public Relations of the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), VNPT is planning to use the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) undersea cable in 2016 to replace the AAG.

The APG is an undersea cable linking Singapore, Malaysia via Da Nang (Vietnam) to Japan, with an expected bandwidth of 54 Tb/s (nearly 20 times over that of the AAG). The total length of this route is 10,400 km. The total investment in this cable is approximately $600 million.

In addition, VNPT is also cooperating with other partners to increase the capacity of the South-East Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 3 cable (SEA-ME-WE 3 or SMW3 and build the Asia Africa Euros 1 cable (AAE1), with a total length of 25,000 km.

This route links Vietnam and other Asian countries to Europe and Africa. This cable is expected to be put into operation in March 2017. The representative of FPT Telecom said also ongoing investment in APG optic cables.

Author: Fiber

Chief Editor of Fiber Optic Mania Magazine

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