Vietnam ranks 74th in global internet speed: report

With download speed of 5.46 megabytes per second, Vietnam's internet speed has been ranked 74th out of 189 countries and territories in a recent global survey of broadband speeds compiled by Cable.co.uk, a U.K. broadband, TV, phone and mobile provider. Singapore topped the world with average download speed of 55.13Mbps, followed by Sweden and Taiwan who achieved 40.16Mbps and 34.4Mbps speeds respectively. War-torn Yemen came in last at an average speed of just 0.34Mbps. Vietnam's average broadband speed was recorded 10 times lower than Southeast Asian neighbor Singapore, according to the survey. However, the country still managed to trump six other countries in the region. The data was collected over 12 months from May last year, analyzing 63 million broadband speed tests worldwide. The top 20 fastest-performing countries were located in Europe and Asia. While the slowest internet suppliers were mostly in Africa.  Downloading an HD movie of 7.5GB in size would take 18 minutes and 34 seconds in league-topper Singapore, while it would take over three hours in Vietnam, according to the survey. Last year, Vietnam’s average internet connection speed clocked at only 5.1 megabits per second, ranking 64th globally and near the bottom in the Asia Pacific region, according to an internet connectivity report from the content delivery network Akamai. Nearly 49 million people in Vietnam, or more than half of the country’s population, are online. The country is notorious for its unstable internet connection, with undersea cables making headlines whenever they break (again). ... [read more]

Military-run telecom group Viettel today announced that it was increasing its broadband speed for free for all its subscribers nationwide. Viettel has increased broadband speed for free for all its subscribers nationwide.  So far, this is the largest increase in speed in Viettel’s broadband services. All Viettel subscribers, both current and new, who use its fibre optic cable services will enjoy 20 to 50 per cent higher speed. Customers using the 10Mbps package will get 15Mbps, while those using 10-30Mbps will get an added 5Mbps. Earlier, Viettel had increased its broadband speed for customers in Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Dien Bien. Higher speed will improve the quality of internet service and applications, especially for television, video, e-learning and online games. It will also raise the country’s average internet speed. A report from Akmai CDN, the US content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider, shows that the average internet speed in Viet Nam in the first quarter of 2017 was 9.5Mbps, which puts the country in the ninth position in the Asia-Pacific region. Viettel has also introduced the Safenet service to help subscribers using its fibre optic services put content control in place, which helps create a healthier internet environment for children.  VNS... [read more]

Viettel has increased broadband speed for free for all its subscribers nationwide. — Photo courtesy of Viettel Military-run telecom group Viettel today announced that it was increasing its broadband speed for free for all its subscribers nationwide. So far, this is the largest increase in speed in Viettel’s broadband services. All Viettel subscribers, both current and new, who use its fibre optic cable services will enjoy 20 to 50 per cent higher speed. Customers using the 10Mbps package will get 15Mbps, while those using 10-30Mbps will get an added 5Mbps. Earlier, Viettel had increased its broadband speed for customers in Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Khanh Hoa and Dien Bien. Higher speed will improve the quality of internet service and applications, especially for television, video, e-learning and online games. It will also raise the country’s average internet speed. A report from Akmai CDN, the US content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider, shows that the average internet speed in Viet Nam in the first quarter of 2017 was 9.5Mbps, which puts the country in the ninth position in the Asia-Pacific region. Viettel has also introduced the Safenet service to help subscribers using its fibre optic services put content control in place, which helps create a healthier internet environment for children. — VNS ... [read more]

The Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) reports the cable suffered severe damage at 11.26pm on September 15, resulting in a 40% decrease in connection speed on international internet broadband from Vietnam to Hong Kong and the US. The VNPT is working with the AAG system management board to repair the cable as quickly as possible. The group has taken remedial steps of adding broadband on alternative sea optical cables as a stopgap measure to keep the system running, while it indentifies and fixes the root cause of the problem. Most recently, the AAG optical cable system had been damaged on July 15. It took 12 days for completion of repairs and for the system to resume normal operations.... [read more]

Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI - Internet connectivity in Việt Nam will remain slow for the next two weeks. The Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable broke once again on Sunday, causing bandwidth loss from Việt Nam to Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. The line that snapped on Sunday was 98 kilometres off the coast of southern Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province. The repair ship will not be able to access the waters where the damaged cable is located till January 23, VietnamPlus reports. Welding is expected to start on January 25 and last until January 28. The cable will be buried and the connection will recover by January 29. However, the repairs may last longer if the weather is bad. In 2016, the 20,000km-long AAG cable was disrupted four times and maintenance work had to be undertaken in March, June, August and September. The AAG, one of the four intercontinental internet cable systems of Việt Nam and the largest, is used by major local providers, namely, FPT Telecom, VNPT, Viettel and SPT. The AAG cable came into use in November 2009, directly connecting Southeast Asia and the United States. It also links Southeast Asia with Europe, Australia and Africa. Previously, the Intra Asia cable system snapped and the damage was spotted near Hong Kong on Tuesday. However, the issue was resolved the same day. However, the system faced trouble again on Wednesday causing discontinuation in connection from Việt Nam to Hong Kong, Singapore and the US, affecting Internet speed in…... [read more]

While it was previously reported that Vietnam’s Internet speed would return to normal state by the Lunar New Year’s Day, or January 28, latest information from local Internet service providers suggested that users have to wait much longer than just another two weeks. While it was previously reported that Vietnam’s Internet speed would return to normal state by the Lunar New Year’s Day, or January 28, latest information from local Internet service providers suggested that users have to wait much longer than just another two weeks. As of the end of Friday, the problems on three submarine cable systems that provide Internet connectivity for Vietnam, AAG, APG and IA, remained unfixed. While it is not uncommon for the AAG to suffer ruptures, this is the first time Vietnam encountered three Internet cable problems at a time. Users in Vietnam have experienced slow connection, especially when accessing foreign-hosted websites and services, since last week, and the inconvenience is expected to linger well through the Lunar New Year, or Tet. The most important of the three, AAG, which suffered power loss on January 8, may see its repairs completed on January 29, but it will not resume to normal operation until February 7, according to local service providers. With Tet beginning on January 28 and running for a week, this means Internet users in Vietnam will celebrate the holiday with snail-paced connectivity. In the meantime, the problem of the APG will only be fixed by January 23, and there is no official…... [read more]

Check out the news you should not miss today, January 14 Check out the news you should not miss today, January 14 Politics -- Vietnam maintains consistent policy of attaching much importance to the relations with the US, and is ready to work with the new administration, Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc told reporters Friday. -- Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his delight at the development of Vietnam-U.S. ties, particularly after the establishment of comprehensive partnership, as he received visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Hanoi on Friday. -- China’s Premier of the State Council Li Keqiang said the Chinese government will closely work with its Vietnamese counterpart to fully implement the common perceptions and agreements reached by the two countries, as he met Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Beijing on Friday. Society -- Repairs to the three submarine cable systems to revive Internet speed in Vietnam could only finish after February 7, well after the Tet holiday, instead of by the Lunar New Year's Eve (January 27) as earlier reported. -- A 15-year-old schoolgirl was found dead in an EPS box at an apartment complex in Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City on Friday, with her same-age friend suspected of being the murder. -- Vietnamese punters must be at least 21 years old with a minimum monthly income of VND10 million to be allow to enter casinos at home, according to a draft law. -- The Civil Aviation Authority of…... [read more]

The snail-paced Internet connection in Vietnam, caused by multiple submarine cable systems last week, may continue well until the end of January, just before Tet, or Lunar New Year, holiday begins. The snail-paced Internet connection in Vietnam, caused by multiple submarine cable systems last week, may continue well until the end of January, just before Tet, or Lunar New Year, holiday begins. Problems occurring on three of Vietnam’s major submarine cable systems since last weekend have significantly hampered the connectivity of all local Internet services, especially that provided by military-run Viettel. The first incident was discovered on January 7, with a leakage spotted along a section of the Asia- Pacific Gateway (APG) off the central city of Da Nang, reducing traffic to only about 20 percent. A power loss was recorded along a section of the Asia America Gateway (AAG) on the following day, compromising the connection with servers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States. On January 9, the Intra Asia (IA) cable network was broken and fixed within a day, before another problem was found on the same network on Wednesday morning, which arose from a power loss in Singapore. The problem of the AAG network is expected to be repaired by January 27, or the Lunar New Year’s Eve, according to newswire Bizlive. In the meantime, there has yet to be any exact timeline for the recovery of the other two cable systems. Taking toll on users Many Internet users in Vietnam have reported the difficulties…... [read more]

Good morning from Vietnam! Good morning from Vietnam! Politics -- Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong landed in Beijing on Thursday for his official visit to China, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss enhanced ties between the two neighbors. -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Vietnam on Thursday to commence his three-day visit which looked to promote full-fledged Vietnam-U.S. partnership, spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh said the same day. Society -- Three old condominiums in downtown Ho Chi Minh City at 155-157 Bui Vien (District 1), 128 Hai Ba Trung (District 1) and 440 Tran Hung Dao (District 5) need to be demolished and relocated to ensure safety of its residents, the municipal Department of Construction said in its report to the city’s administration. -- The snail-paced Internet speed in Vietnam is expected to persist through the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, as problems with underwater Internet cables will not be fixed until February, according to local Internet providers. -- 212 cases of Zika virus contraction have been reported in 11 Vietnamese provinces so far, the Preventive Healthcare Department said at a press briefing on Wednesday. -- Five people, including a Thai national, were found dead by undetermined causes inside a water chamber at a fish processing facility in the south-cebtral province of Phu Yen, local police said Thursday. Business -- Vietnamese brewers produced a total of 3.787 billion liters of beer in…... [read more]

Internet speed in Vietnam has been hampered following a series of problems along three separate submarine cable systems of the country. Internet speed in Vietnam has been hampered following a series of problems along three separate submarine cable systems of the country. The Intra Asia (IA) cable network was broken on Tuesday morning, compromising services provided by Interne t operators in Vietnam, especially Viettel, the state-owned enterprise managed by the Ministry of National Defense, which is heavily reliant on this system. The IA underwater cable system was launched in late 2009, connecting Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan. Prior to the incident, a power loss was recorded along a section of the Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable off the southern beach city of Vung Tau on Sunday while leakage also occurred along the Asia- Pacific Gateway (APG) in Singapore. The AAG is a 20,000-kilometer-long underwater communications cable, connecting Southeast Asia with the U.S. mainland across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii. The APG links 8 countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific, namely Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, Japan, and South Korea. Internet speed in Vietnam was significantly impacted by the series of incidents as many users reported sluggish speed, especially when trying to connect using foreign servers. Speaking with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, representatives from local service providers said the problem would not last long thanks to back-up connections. Accordingly, VNPT-VinaPhone redirected its traffic to the China-Southeast Asia Terrain Cable System (CSC), and the…... [read more]




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