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Vietnam telcos to join in Asian undersea Internet cable project

HANOI -- Vietnam has agreed in principle to allow the country's three telecom giants VNPT, Viettel and CMC TI, to participate in a US$450 million international project to lay a 10,000-kilometer undersea internet cable, according to the government office.

The Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE), which will run directly from Malaysia to South Korea with links branching off to other countries, aims to improve Internet speeds in the region.

As well as VNPT, Viettel and CMC TI, other participating telcos in the region include Facebook, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom (China), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), KT and LG (South Korea), NTT (Japan), StarHub (Singapore), Time dotcom (Malaysia) and PLDT (Philippines).

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