Vietnam’s national state-owned PTO VNPT is to spend USD200 million in constructing a high speed fibre-optic link connecting the north and south of the country. The cable will have 197 landing points and a total length of 2,200km, of which 2,034km will be under the sea. The telco, which currently uses the submarine links of the Thailand-Vietnam-Hong Kong route and the Europe-Asia route, expects the project to be completed by 2008.
In a separate development, Vietnam’s Military Telecommunications Company (Vietel) has launched the country’s second international telecoms service in direct competition with VNPT, after inaugurating a satellite-fed international telecom gateway in late November. Do Minh Phuong of Vietel’s Department of Planning and Business said the gateway in Son Tay town transmits through three modes – submarine, terrestrial and satellite – and is currently utilising the satellite option to offer internet and telephony services.