It is the longest international seabed fibre cable network, 19,000km in total length, in the Asia-Pacific, linking China, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, and onward to linking America, Europe and Australia. The network went into operation in October 2002 for the initial phase.The project was spearheaded by 26 telecommunications companies, namely Advantel, Cable & Wireless Global Network, Cable&Wireless HKT, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Concert, Global Network Services, Global One, Japan Telecom, KDD Corpe ration, Korea Telecom, KPN, Layer 2, MCI, WorldCom, Metromedia Giber Network Service, NTT Com, NCIC, OneLink Cable Network, PLDT, StarHub, SingTel, Taiwan Fixed Network, Teleglobe, Telekom Malaysia, Telstra and Williams Communications.

The APCN2 cable system was designed to provide 2.56 Terrabits per second (Tbps) using state-of-the-art Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to provide upgradeable, future proof transmission facilities. However, APCN2 currently runs on a designated transmission capacity of 160 Gigabits per second (Gbps).According to the APCN2 agreement, Malaysia maintains a Terminal Station at Segment T2, Kuantan, whihc is within Segment S2 and represented by TM Berhad. Whereas, Segment S7 affected by this morning’s earthquake consists of submarine cable containing four (4) optical fibre pairs that connect the Network Interfaces at the Terminal Station at Tanshui (Taiwan); and at the Terminal Station at Shantou (Mainland China).Under the APCN2 specifications, all Segment S are terminal stations equipped with critical terminal equipment, including Network Interface for STM-1, STM-4, STM-16 and STM-64 levels. Critically, the APCN2 Agreement also provisions that all Segment S must maintain adequate inventory of related spare and standby units and components, which include but not limited to optical amplifiers, BUs (Branching Units), cable lengths, and terminal equipment.

The customers’ anticipation is none other than swift service recovery.


APCN2 submarine cable
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Wanna see a pictogram of APCN2? Go to NEC’s page here.