The Asia Pacific Cable Network 2, shortly known as APCN 2 has landed in Hong Kong on 22 February 2001. The network owner REACH, which is a joint venture of the Australia-based Telstra and Hong Kong-based PCCW will greatly benefit from the cable connectivity.
APCN 2 will enhance the bandwidth applications in the Asia-Pacific region. The self-healing ring configuration of the submarine cable systems will enhance REACH’s ability as a top-class connectivity service provider.
APCN 2 will connect major Asian countries with Australia. APCN 2 cable will have landing points in;
– China (Chongming, Shanghai + Shantou, Guangdong Province)
– Hong Kong (Lantau Island, Islands District)
– Japan (Chikura, Chiba Prefecture, Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki Prefecture)
– Tamsui, New Taipei City (Taiwan)
– Malaysia (Kuantan, Pahang State)
– Philippines (Batangas Bay, Batangas City, Batangas)
– Singapore (Katong)
– South Korea (Busan)
APCN 2 submarine line will span 19,000 km. The links are progressively becoming operational and is scheduled for completion in September 2001. APCN 2 will provide seamless interconnection with other major trans-oceanic cable networks linking the USA, Europe, Australia, and other parts of Asia.
Total bandwidth capacity of Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 is design at 2.56 Tbps, which will be achieved using four pairs of optical fibers, each pair providing 640 Gbit/s by Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing of 10 Gbit/s wavelengths.
The 19,000 km-long APCN 2 cable system is built in a self-healing ring configuration, which allows fast rerouting of data transfers along APCN 2 in the event of disruptions. The cable system, as of January 2007, is progressively becoming operational. APCN 2 is designed to provide interconnection with other major trans-oceanic cable networks linking the USA, Europe, Australia, and other parts of Asia.
APCN 2 will utilize the DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing), enabling large volume information transmissions via various wavelengths on a single optical fiber, a technology now getting popular with telecommunication carriers all over the world.
Telecommunication network deployments are growing, but investors are cautious to proceed with their projects. Optical fiber prices are shooting up, a trend which is unprecedented and therefore worrying to the fiber cable makers. worldwide.
Cost of APCN 2 is approximately US$1 billion. The landing point at South Lantau Cable Station on Lantau Island is a portion of the cable segment coming from Malaysia to Hong Kong.
Japanese engineering company NEC will supply and install the APCN 2 submarine cable system. A Supply Contract for construction of the APCN 2-cable system was signed between the APCN 2 consortium and Japan’s NEC Corporation in April 2000.
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