Viettel shares international internet bandwidth with VNPT
This activity is in response to the ministry’s policy to ask carriers to save each other, good bandwidth companies, support low-bandwidth companies have not agreed to immediately open additional cable connection options to the table.
As one of the largest and most advanced telecommunications infrastructure companies in Vietnam, the Military and Telecommunications Industry Group (Viettel) owns four undersea fiber optic cables and two terrestrial international communications lines. In the event of a submarine cable problem, Viettel still has an AAE-1 route to Singapore and an IA route to Hong Kong (only Viettel in service to date).
Therefore, Viettel dedicated these two routes to support VNPT’s 100 Gbps expansion, while VNPT has not yet completed negotiations to develop additional terrestrial cable capacities. It is planned that VNPT will expand its international connection capacity early next week after completing procedures with international partners.
Previously, when there were problems with undersea fiber optic cables, Viettel and its partners invested an additional 30% of international capacity to speed up the restoration of undersea cable routes. With proactive maintenance of at least 40% of international bandwidth, Viettel’s services are guaranteed even in the event of problems with subsea fiber optic cables. Leased line, 3G and 4G data subscriber groups are not affected as they have been configured with priority.
In order to ensure annual growth in throughput and to avoid frequent damage to submarine cable lines, Viettel will open four more submarine cable routes by 2030. At the same time, ADC routes are laid on land. and is scheduled to go into operation this year. These cable routes have increased by 18 Tbps, which is three times the current capacity (Viettel’s international connections are currently at almost 9 Tbps).
In addition, Viettel always reserves 40% of its international capacity in case of cable failure, so as not to compromise the quality of customer service. When a high-load phenomenon occurs, the information technology system created by the company’s staff automatically balances the load, routes and manages the bandwidth in the remaining directions of submarine and underground cables.
APG is expected to be the first cable line to be restored in March 2023 and will help consolidate 25% of Viettel’s international interconnection capacity.
On average, Vietnam’s underwater fiber optic cables encounter problems about 10 times a year, each repair takes a whole month, greatly affecting users. Nguyen Hong Thang, director of the Telecommunications Department of the Ministry of Information and Communications, said the continuous outage of the four submarine cable lines has resulted in a partial or complete loss of capacity along the route, and all internet providers have been affected.