Vietnamese telcos join effort to lay cable from Asia to US

9 Feb 2007

Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) and Viettel, the two government-owned telecoms operators, have joined an international consortium to lay a USD780 million fibre-optic cable linking Asia directly with the US, to meet the region’s growing internet demand. Work on the cable, which will land in Vietnam at Vung Tau, and will pass through a hub in Malaysia, is due to start at the end of the month, with completion slated for March 2008. The eight-firm consortium also includes AT&T of the US, CAT of Thailand, PLDT of the Phillipines, REACH of Hong Kong, StarHub of Singapore and Malaysia Telecom. Communications to South East Asia was affected by an undersea earthquake off Taiwan on Boxing Day last year, which severely damaged existing cables and gave the project a new urgency.