Nikkei — HO CHI MINH CITY — Vietnam’s leading IT group FPT revealed it has made a $10 million investment in the Asia-Pacific Gateway submarine cable project, which is scheduled to be operational this year. The underwater cable communication network will connect countries in the region including Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand.
Tuoitre News — The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system will begin three days of maintenance on Friday, a representative from Vietnam’s SPT Telecom firm said Tuesday. Internet speed for users in Vietnam is therefore expected to slow down, especially when they use services or websites hosted overseas such as Facebook and Google.
The fiber cable market, which is dominated by the big telecom companies, VNPT, Viettel and FPT, now has two rookies, VTVcab and SCTV. Being newcomers, VTVcab and SCTV are a good match for the experienced players. They offer packages with much lower service fees than the average level and compete by offering 2-in-1 services (internet & TV). VTVcab and SCTV both have TV service advantages.
The 15-year licence, signed by the Posts and Telecommunications Department under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, permits FPT’s fully-owned local subsidiary FPT Myanmar to build a nationwide network infrastructure and offer fixed telecom and internet service as well as value-added services, the company said.
Vietnam Net — “We are happy to be the first wholly owned company in the telecommunications industry to be granted a license to operate in Myanmar,” said a FPT Group representative in making the announcement. The representative added that with the license, FPT expects to concentrate on providing high quality internet services in Myanmar in addition to a wide range of other innovative telecom services.
Vietnam Net — In the first half of the year, about 1.6 million mobile phone users registered to use the 3G service, which is said to be still in the development stage in the country as the number of 3G subscribers is just a fraction of the total number of mobile phone users.
Vietnam Net — Small cable television channels fear they will be eliminated in the fierce competition between TV and telecom enterprises. Modern technologies allow telcos and televisions to provide services on the same transmission line. Instead of specific transmission lines for every kind of service, customers can use many different services, including HD TV for more than one television set and internet and voice calls.
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.
The Asia-American Gateway (AAG) submarine cable was cut again on April 23 morning. The breakdown is located in SH1 segment, about 300km offshore Vung Tau, which is a turn from the international line via Hong Kong (China) to Ho Chi Minh City. The incident will affect internet bandwidth from Vietnam to international destinations. Viettel, FPT and VNPT have taken some measures to restrict effects on Internet users in Vietnam. Earlier in 2015, the AAG submarine cable was cut on January 5 and it took two weeks to resolve the issue.