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Internet traffic within Philippines not affected by AAG cable maintenance -NTC

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) said Friday that internet traffic within the Philippines will not be affected by the conduct of emergency maintenance of one the international cable systems connected to the Philippines.

“The emergency repair works on AAG (Asia-American Gateway) submarine fiber cable system is being undertaken outside Philippine waters,” NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgardo Cabarios told GMA News Online.

“Affected are the traffic to and from other countries but traffic within the Philippines is not affected,” Cabarios said.

Both PLDT and SKY Cable Corp. announced that the AAG will have maintenance activities beginning Saturday, September 26 until Wednesday, September 30.

PLDT and SKY said they had identified alternative cable systems and activated back-up capacity to offset the impact of the emergency maintenance activities on its services.

“Traffic in said cable system is being rerouted to other submarine fiber cable systems,” Cabarios said.

“There may be some traffic that could not be accommodated in the other cable systems,” he said.

There are at least 10 international submarine cable systems that land on nine cable landing stations in the Philippines, according to Submarine Cable Networks. 

“Online classes that use apps that are hosted outside the Philippines may be affected,” Cabarios said.

“Telcos and ISPs that use only AAG cable are affected,” he said.

Globe and Converge ICT Solutions said their services will not be affected by the maintenance works on the said submarine cable. -NB, GMA News