Repairs of the high-bandwidth fibre optic submarine cable system known as Asia-American Gateway are currently underway and expected to be completed later this month, according to representatives of FPT Telecom, Viettel and Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT).

A representative of FPT Telecom said the company had restored two-thirds of the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) capacity which was severed on March 8 in Vung Tau area of Vietnam.

International internet access had been improved with the repairs which would be finished around March 22 and 25, said Hoang Minh Cuong, deputy director of Vietnam Data Communication (VDC).

He said the International Telecommunication Company (VTI) was working with authorities to coordinate ships to the AAG cable to facilitate the repairs.

This month VDC and VNPT will open new optical cables to connect with other countries so as to enhance service quality and meet customer needs.

Le Huu Hien, deputy director of Viettel Telecom, said that after the urgent supplement of additional capacity to its international connections, Viettel network subscribers would have stable internet access.

The 560 million USD AAG is a 20,000- kilometre-long submarine communications cable system, connecting Southeast Asia with the US mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii./.