Repairs to Vietnam’s busted internet cables to take up to four weeks

Three internet cable systems that connect Vietnam with the rest of the world have all gone down, an internet service provider said Sunday. The source said “problems” have occurred on three submarine cables, the notorious Asia America Gateway (AAG), the Intra Asia (IA) and SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3), the world’s longest telecoms cable that connects Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe. Their connections to Vietnam have been ruptured, the representative said, without giving further details. No official statement has been made on either the causes of the disruption or their repair schedule, according to local media reports. But telecom firms believe tropical storms in the South China Sea, known as the East Sea in Vietnam, were to blame. Tropical storm Pakhar brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just four days after Hato, one of the strongest typhoons on record, pounded the region and killed at least 12 people. SMW3, the world's longest internet submarine cable, has lost connection with Vietnam. Photo by FPT Telecom SMW-3 was completed in late 2000 and runs 39,000 kilometers (24,200 miles), linking with Vietnam's central coastal city of Da Nang. Vietnam’s internet users have reportedly encountered no problems with the 320Gbps system in recent years. The other two cables, which have been in use since 2009, had their Vietnam connection to the southern beach town of Vung Tau disrupted several times this year. AAG accounts for 60 percent of internet connection in Vietnam. Service providers said they have backup routes to…... [read more]

Three internet cable systems that connect Vietnam with the rest of the world have all gone down, an internet service provider said Sunday. The source said “problems” have occurred on three submarine cables, the notorious Asia America Gateway (AAG), the Intra Asia (IA) and SEA-ME-WE3 (SMW3), the world’s longest telecoms cable that connects Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe. Their connections to Vietnam have been ruptured, the representative said, without giving further details. No official statement has been made on either the causes of the disruption or their repair schedule, according to local media reports. But telecom firms believe tropical storms in the South China Sea, known as the East Sea in Vietnam, were to blame. Tropical storm Pakhar brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong and Macau on Sunday, just four days after Hato, one of the strongest typhoons on record, pounded the region and killed at least 12 people. SMW3, the world's longest internet submarine cable, has lost connection with Vietnam. Photo by FPT Telecom SMW-3 was completed in late 2000 and runs 39,000 kilometers (24,200 miles), linking with Vietnam's central coastal city of Da Nang. Vietnam’s internet users have reportedly encountered no problems with the 320Gbps system in recent years. The other two cables, which have been in use since 2009, had their Vietnam connection to the southern beach town of Vung Tau disrupted several times this year. AAG accounts for 60 percent of internet connection in Vietnam. Service providers said they have backup routes to…... [read more]

Vietnam's internet community was abuzz over the weekend following news that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has endorsed a controversial cable car project into the country's world-renowned cave kingdom.  Unlike previous plans, this one does not include the world's largest cave Son Doong. Instead it will run 5.2 kilometers (3.2 miles) from a section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway to En (Swallow) Cave, which was catapulted to global fame when it was aired live on U.S. talk show Good Morning America in May 2015. En Cave, a feeder to the world's largest cave Son Doong in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, stretches 1,645 meters into the mountain and has been named one of the most captivating caves on earth by National Geographic. It is also believed to be the world’s third largest cave, according to CNN. The cable car controversy in Quang Binh started in 2014 when the province announced plans to build a $212-million gondola lift into Son Doong. Widespread opposition, including an online petition signed by thousands and concerns from UNESCO, eventually prompted the government to ask the province to scrap the project.       So why is Quang Binh so intent on building a cable car system?   Supporters of the cable car say it will make it easier for tourists to explore the cave, giving local tourism a much-needed boost that would increase revenue and create jobs. On average, Quang Binh residents earned VND28.72 million ($1,263) last year, much lower than the national average of $2,200. Natural…... [read more]

Plans for another cable car in Vietnam’s UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park have raised more questions than answers in a country where economic interests all too often eclipse limited environmental safeguards. The most troubling question is, according to experts, whether the masses stand to benefit from a project that is being promoted in the name of economic development. Authorities in the central province of Quang Binh proposed the cable car system across Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which UNESCO recognized as a global heritage site in 2003, at a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday. Phuc said that although the idea has raised widespread eyebrows, he and government agencies “agree in principle” with the plan. He said the project must “not interfere with the heritage site nor be overexploited”, asking the culture and tourism ministry to assess the project's possible impacts and consult UNESCO on the matter. The cable car system is set to run 5.2 kilometers (3.2 miles) from a section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway to En (Swallow) Cave, which was catapulted into global fame when it was aired live on U.S. talk show Good Morning America in May 2015. En Cave, a feeder to the world's largest cave Son Doong, stretches 1,645 meters into the mountain and has been named one of the most captivating caves on earth by National Geographic. It is also believed to be the world’s third largest cave, according to CNN. Phong Nha – Ke Bang is…... [read more]

Plans for another cable car in Vietnam’s UNESCO-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park have raised more questions than answers in a country where economic interests all too often eclipse limited environmental safeguards. The most troubling question is, according to experts, whether the masses stand to benefit from a project that is being promoted in the name of economic development. Authorities in the central province of Quang Binh proposed the cable car system across Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which UNESCO recognized as a global heritage site in 2003, at a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday. Phuc said that although the idea has raised widespread eyebrows, he and government agencies “agree in principle” with the plan. He said the project must “not interfere with the heritage site nor be overexploited”, asking the culture and tourism ministry to assess the project's possible impacts and consult UNESCO on the matter. The cable car system is set to run 5.2 kilometers (3.2 miles) from a section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway to En (Swallow) Cave, which was catapulted into global fame when it was aired live on U.S. talk show Good Morning America in May 2015. En Cave, a feeder to the world's largest cave Son Doong, stretches 1,645 meters into the mountain and has been named one of the most captivating caves on earth by National Geographic. It is also believed to be the world’s third largest cave, according to CNN. Phong Nha – Ke Bang is…... [read more]

Quang Binh, August 25 (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he hopes Quang Binh province to bring a new strong wind of change for the tourism sector.  Phuc shared his expectation at a working session with authorities of the central province on August 25.  The PM said with its advantages in natural conditions and cultural heritage, services and tourism should be the foundation and the road to prosperity for Quang Binh.  Discussing specific solutions for the province’s development, Phuc asked the province to improve its planning quality via seeking advices from foreign experts.  Improving business climate and capacity of human resources are also necessary, he added.  PM Phuc wants Quang Binh to focus local resources on developing a sustainable tourism management mechanism and building a professional strategy to promote the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and Son Doong Cave, which are unique to Quang Binh.  At the session, most participants agreed that Quang Binh has potentials to develop tourism as its spearheaded sector.  Representative from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism asked the PM to approve the incorporation of building a cable car route into the planning of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park. The cable car route is set to span 5.2 km from the Ho Chi Minh road to En Cave. Other suggested enhancing tourism link between Quang Binh and Da Nang and Hue, while forming industrial connection between Quang Binh and…... [read more]

This latest eighth A350 has just made its first commercial flight from Ha Noi to HCM City on August 21. Since taking over the first Airbus A350-900 in July 2015, after two years, Vietnam Airlines has eight aircrafts now, operating more than 8,000 flights and transporting over 2.2 million passengers. The A350 uses the Rolls Royce’s Trent XWB engine. It is one of the largest, most efficient and most fuel efficient civil aviation engines in the world today (25 per cent). With the under-belts illumination system, the A350-900 also has an optimal lightning protection system that ensures safety during the operation. The economy cabin includes rows of nine seats each, with cabling system under the floor, larger windows than in normal aircraft, and large seats which can accommodate a suitcase for each passenger. The business class cabin in A350 has seats designed like fish bone with private space for passengers. The chairs can be adjusted to a flat 180 degrees angle to make them a flat bed, helping passengers relax and rest comfortably. On an A350, there are 29 business class seats. The international…... [read more]

Slowly but steadily: The demise of print media in Vietnam The reason becomes obvious when you look at how much the few remaining newspaper vendors are struggling. Guess how many people are jamming into Saigon? Hint: It's as bad as Tokyo The city leader is blaming its rapidly rising population, far outstripping the 2025 projection, for exacerbating traffic chaos. Vietnam fires vice trade minister as corruption probe widens She is accused of financial malfeasance at a former state firm and the illegal appointment of a runaway bigwig. Vietnam tells officials to avoid graft and live modestly They must display 'no corruption or opportunism... and be determined to push back against the degeneration in political ideology.' Disgruntled drivers force new toll station to close on Vietnam highway Staff abandoned the station after more than 50 drivers tried to pay using stacks of small change, causing a massive tailback. Wading into the battle to make Saigon rainproof Take a look at how the city is trying to stop its streets from turning into rivers. Another 100 trees will fall in Saigon as city wants to clear traffic near airport Saws will be brought out this month as the city wants to increase road capacity for traffic to and from its international airport. Yet another cable car planned in Vietnam, this time through biodiverse national park A local official claims the system will not harm the environment in a country where construction of cable cars remains controversial. Walking zones send land prices…... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has allowed the Viet Nam Television Cable Corporation (VTVCab) to set its deadline for an initial public offering (IPO) on September 30.— Photo vtvcab-hcm.com Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has allowed the Viet Nam Television Cable Corporation (VTVCab) to set its deadline for an initial public offering (IPO) on September 30. Hue also asked VTVCab to keep its corporate value at nearly VND4 trillion (US$177.78 million), which was reported by VTVCab at the end of 2015, and the cable television provider is not required to adjust its value as per the report of the State Audit of Viet Nam (SAV). In May 2017, the SAV reported that the corporate value of VTVCab might have been undervalued and suggested the accurate number was VND4.27 trillion. According to the auditors, the value of the State capital in VTVCab also rose by VND278 billion to VND2.68 trillion compared to the previously reported number of VND2.4 trillion by VTVCab. The cable television provider was founded in 2012 under direct management of the Vietnam Television. The company mainly provides pay-TV services, advertisements and wired telecommunication services. In 2016, the company recorded VND2 trillion in net revenue and VND68.5 billion in post-tax profit. — VNS ... [read more]

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has allowed the Viet Nam Television Cable Corporation (VTVCab) to set its deadline for an initial public offering (IPO) on September 30. Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has allowed the Viet Nam Television Cable Corporation (VTVCab) to set its deadline for an initial public offering (IPO) on September 30.- Photo vtvcab-hcm.com Hue also asked VTVCab to keep its corporate value at nearly VND4 trillion (US$177.78 million), which was reported by VTVCab at the end of 2015, and the cable television provider is not required to adjust its value as per the report of the State Audit of Viet Nam (SAV). In May 2017, the SAV reported that the corporate value of VTVCab might have been undervalued and suggested the accurate number was VND4.27 trillion. According to the auditors, the value of the State capital in VTVCab also rose by VND278 billion to VND2.68 trillion compared to the previously reported number of VND2.4 trillion by VTVCab. The cable television provider was founded in 2012 under direct management of the Vietnam Television. The company mainly provides pay-TV services, advertisements and wired telecommunication services. In 2016, the company recorded VND2 trillion in net revenue and VND68.5 billion in post-tax profit. Source VNA ... [read more]




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