vietnam-internet, high speed internet in Vietnam

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Internet connection speeds are expected to slow to a painful pace until June 27 as cable system maintenance will become the bane of the lives of netizens in Vietnam. The Asia America Gateway (AAG) cable is a 20, 000 kilometer-long submarine communications system which crosses the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.

The AAG connects Vietnam to the US and will be under maintenance in order to 19x high speed internet in Vietnam by the end of the year.

Three other international cable system connect Vietnam to the www but AAG has the biggest capacity out of the four. Routine issues plague the country’s internet users, as the system broke twice in 2014, and three times in 2015. Officials have blamed everything from sabotage to poor quality materials for the cable’s inconsistency. It has reached a point where hungry sharks chomping on the cable, mistaking it for food, has become an inside joke among local netizens.

Due to the problems, Vietnamese telecommunications firms and government agencies are building new cables to ensure a more dependable connection reports Saigoneer.

The Asia Pacific Gateway, which will run at 54 terabytes per second over 10,400 kilometers between Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Hong Kong is expected to be in operation this year.

54 terabytes is a huge step up from the AAG’s current 2.88 terabytes for high speed internet in Vietnam. Another cable, the 25,000 kilometer Asia Africa Euro 1, is also planned to be put to use this year. The increase in web speed will hopefully push internet adoption for the country’s  citizens. Vietnam was ranked 99th globally for internet speed in 2015.

A version of this appeared in Techwire Asia on June 21. Read full article here.

OnePlus Quits Indonesia

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OnePlus blames Indonesia’s complex and strict regulations on imported smartphones for its decision. Last year, the government passed a law that requires imported 4G phones to contain 30 percent locally sourced components. OnePlus failed to complete the mandatory certification process on time and the investments needed to comply with the new regulation, set to take effect in January 2017, is too overwhelming for the relatively new brand.

“Chinese phone maker OnePlus is halting its operations in Indonesia. That means the company’s upcoming flagship phone, the OnePlus 3, will not be sold in the archipelago through official channels”

The regulation would require OnePlus to build a new fulfillment center or join a local factory, something beyond the company’s current capability. OnePlus will be missing an enormous opportunity to reach the 326M Indonesians on mobile where foreign companies such as Samsung and Asus are performing well.

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The new regulations set by the Indonesian government as an attempt to give room for local players may decrease success found by smaller foreign brands. It also highlights the complexities of doing ecommerce in Indonesia as ever-changing government regulations is often seen as a bottleneck to business growth.

Read the full article on Tech in Asia here.