SEOUL, South Korea – Parts of Southeast Asia are suffering slow Internet connections after an undersea cable linking the region to the U.S. was cut earlier this week.
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Viettel Mobile, Vietnam's largest mobile service operator, said Wednesday that repairing the broken cable, located in the Vietnamese section of the 20,000-kilometer system, will take from three weeks to one month and depends on weather conditions.
The cable is part of the Asia-America Gateway linking Southeast Asian countries with the United States through Guam and Hawaii. The cause of damage was unknown.
Military-owned Viettel said it has transferred its international Internet traffic to other cable networks. A Vietnamese news report said Internet traffic between Vietnam and Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the U.S. has been slowed.