Viettel and Singtel sign MoU on subsea cable

19 April 2024

Viettel Business Solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singtel to collaborate on deploying the first subsea cable directly connecting Vietnam and Singapore.

The Vietnam-Singapore Cable System (VTS) will be designed with eight fibre pairs using advanced WDM technology. When the cable becomes operational in the second quarter of 2027, it will add hundreds of Tbps to Viettel's total international connectivity capacity.

The cable aligns with the Vietnam government’s strategy to boost its international subsea cable capacity by 2030. Under that strategy, Vietnam aims to increase the number of international cables landing in Vietnam to at least 15, with a minimum total capacity of 334Tbps. Of those cables, at least two should be Vietnam-owned and should connect directly to regional digital hubs.

Vietnam currently connects to five international subsea cables: Asia Pacific Gateway (APG), Asia-America Gateway (AAG), Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1), TGN-Intra Asia Cable System (TGN-IA) and SEA-ME-WE-3, all of which experienced outage problems last year.