MIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.
Pakistan Herald — “The International submarine cable SEA-ME-WE 4 has experienced a fault in the Arabian Sea, impacting internet services in the region including Pakistan,” PTCL said in a statement today. The fault impacted browsing speeds for users across most major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country, while causing problems for other countries in the region as well. “Restoration work has been initiated by the international consortium that manages the submarine cable systems,” said the PTCL statement.
Vietnam Net — So far this year, the AAG cable has been repaired four times. 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 this situation, domestic ISPs have been thinking of construction of new 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.
Colombo Page — June 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s leading ICT solutions provider and National Backbone operator, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is aggressively pursuing new markets in the region. Building international connectivity is a key aspect of this strategy. SLT’s global coverage was significantly strengthened via multiple undersea optical fibre cable systems: SEA-ME-WE 3, SEA-ME-WE 4, Bharat-Lanka (between India and Sri Lanka) and Dhiraagu (between Maldives and Sri Lanka).
Moody’s has withdrawn the rating for its own business reasons. Please refer to the Moody’s Investors Service’s Policy for Withdrawal of Credit Ratings, available on its website, http://www.moodys.com. Pacnet, incorporated in Bermuda in 2006, wholly owns and operates the EAC-C2C network, Asia’s largest privately-owned submarine cable infrastructure of 36,800km, as well as the EAC Pacific network, which spans 9,620km from Japan to the US.
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has announced that, following its recent upgrade to the SEA-ME-WE 4, capacity increased 3-fold, enabling the system to accommodate speeds using 100G technology. The SEA-ME-WE 4 cable network is owned by a consortium of 17 leading telecom carriers from 15 countries. Currently, SLT says it is in the process of implementing global connectivity project, the SEA-ME-WE 5 international undersea cable system with a total design capacity of 24 Tbps and 100G technology.
Afzal Abdul Rahim, CEO of TIME dotCom Berhad, said that TIME has bought 25 percent of the Vietnamese CMC Telecom in a deal worth $12 million. He said TIME, the second largest telecom group in Malaysia, has invested more than $200 million in many sea cable systems over the last five years. TIME has begun implementing its strategy on conquering the Indochina market. Local newspapers commented that it is now the golden time for TIME to join forces with CMC Telecom to provide sea cable services.
Local Internet service providers (ISPs) are willing to suspend services over payments that are even one day late, but do nothing when they cannot ensure service quality, many readers have complained to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Internet users in Vietnam had to suffer snail-like speed between June 7 and 12, when the Asia – America Gateway (AAG), the submarine cable system that links Asia and the U.S., underwent major maintenance.
LEADING telecommunications provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) said it is targeting to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a consortium of telcos on its plan to invest between $50 million and $100 million on a second Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system and that it plans to construct a new cable landing station either in Daet, Camarines Sur or in Batangas. The telecom provider looking at “Asia-America Gateway (AAG) number 2 cable, but we’re still in the planning stage,” Genaro Sanchez, PLDT vice president for international network, said in a phone interview.
The Internet in Vietnam has been extremely slow recently, as the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) underwater cable system has been undergoing major maintenance since June 7. The operator of the AAG had said the maintenance would end at 7:00 am on June 17, but some Vietnamese network operators said Wednesday repairs will be finished on June 13. “Repairs to the cable system have been sped up to finish ahead of schedule,” Bui Quoc Viet, director of public relations with VNPT, a leading Internet service provider, told Tuoi Tre(Youth) newspaper.
In the first half of 2015, the cable was in trouble four times, on January 1, April 23, May 26 and early June. In Vietnam, Internet service providers (ISP) such as FPT Telecom, Viettel, VNPT, VDC, and SPT all use this important cable route to connect to the world. Any problem with the AAG network seriously affects Internet users in Vietnam. It is difficult to determine the exact cause of the incident to submarine optic cables because there are many different causes leading to incidents such as natural disasters (seismic activities), maritime activities (anchors of ships), by operation of fishermen or unusual technical incidents.
The announcement has come at a time when Asia-America Gateway (AAG), the submarine cable that is utilised the maximum, is undergoing maintenance work and repair till June 17. FPT Telecom Company said it had laid cables over land and had increased its international Internet capacity to 50Gbps to reduce the impact of AAG to the minimum. In the past few months, FPT has continuously expanded its international bandwidth to increase the Internet capacity for customers, and to limit the problems that occur when one of the lines connecting with other countries has a breakdown.
A number of deals have been signed including one for exchanging enclaves, ending the contentious bilateral issue that has been lingering since 1974. The neighbouring countries have also agreed for greater regional connectivity for the development of South Asia. Bangladesh and India renewed bilateral trade agreement and a protocol on inland water transit and trade. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed for extending a $2 billion line of credit by India.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) approved the Regional Submarine Telecommunication Project for connection to the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe-5 (SEA-ME-WE-5) submarine cable. According to the project paper, the 25,000-kilometre cables would be installed under sea from Singapore to Bangladesh through Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar under the Tk 6.6 billion project. The submarine cable system is operated by an international consortium of 16 companies from 14 countries.
International Internet connectivity or the lack thereof is contributing to a vast a digital divide among members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Preliminary research published by consultancy Terabit at CommunicAsia on Tuesday revealed that top-ranked Singapore enjoyed 3 Tbps of international bandwidth at the end of 2014, while bottom-ranked Laos had just 13 Gbps. “There is a huge difference between the bandwidth-haves and have-nots,” said Michael Ruddy, director of international research at Terabit.
The 20,000 kilometer long submarine communication cable system Asia-American Gateway (AAG), connecting South-East Asia with the mainland of the United States, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii, will have to shut down for about 10 days for maintenance, starting from June 7 to 16, due to consecutive breakdowns in the past five months. The information was confirmed by Internet services providers in Vietnam on June 4. Deputy general director of Vietnam Data Communication Company Nguyen Hong Hai said that the AAG submarine cable system has been operating unsteadily since late 2014.
Undersea cable company Pacnet, recently acquired by Australian telecommunications giant Telstra, confirmed today that it has been the victim of a cyberattack targeting its email and administration systems and potentially exposing sensitive data of thousands of business and government customers. Telstra said that an unauthorised third party had been able to gain access to the Pacnet business management systems through a malicious software installed via a vulnerability on an SQL server.
Internet provider Ezecom said it would help build the Kingdom’s first undersea communications cable, a long-delayed project that was originally announced in 2013 and slated for completion at the end of last year. The construction of the Malaysia-Cambodia-Thailand cable will “bring faster, more affordable broadband to the people of Cambodia and connect the country to the rest of the world like never before”, a company statement released yesterday reads. The contract is to be signed through Ezecom-owned group Telcotech with Telkom Malaysia and Thailand’s Symphony Communication on Monday.
The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) underwater system will enter a ten-day major maintenance phase on Sunday, a representative from a local Internet service provider told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity. This will greatly slow down Internet speed for users in Vietnam when they access services hosted outside the country. Internet speed in the Southeast Asian country has been unstable and extremely slow at some points since May 26, when what was said to be a glitch occurred to the AAG.
A source from the managing center of the Asia America Gateway (AAG) said the cable ruptured at around 4:30 p.m. Details of where the break occurred have remained sketchy. In the past the AAG cable, which is used by VNPT and three other Internet providers, FPT Telecom, Viettel and SPT, took place at the portion between southern Vietnam and Hong Kong. News website VnExpress quoted unidentified sources as saying that the rupture occurred at a section around 38 kilometers off the coast of Vung Tau.