Singapore, April 18, 2000 - A consortium of 45 leading carriers worldwide signed today in Singapore the APCN 2 (Asia Pacific Cable Network 2) Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA). The APCN-2 consortium will invest approximately US$ 1 billion to launch the APCN-2 submarine cable system in the end of September, 2001.


The initial parties of the APCN-2 consortium includes:

KDD (Japan)
Advantel(Hong Kong)
Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan)
C&W Global Network (Ireland)
KPN (Netherlands)
Metromedia Fiber Network (USA)
PLDT (Philippines)
Taiwan Fixed Net (Taiwan)
Telecom Malaysia (Malaysia)
NTT Communications (Japan)
China Telecom (China)
Concert (Bermuda)
Global One (Japan)
Layer 2 Communications (British Virgin Is.)
New Century Infocomm Co. (Taiwan)
Singapore Telecom (Singapore)
Teleglobe (United States)
Williams Communications (USA)
Japan Telecom (Japan)
China Unicom (China)
C&W HKT (Hong Kong)
Korea Telecom (Korea)
MCII (United States)
OneLink Cable Network (Hong Kong)
Starhub (Singapore)
Telstra Global Networks (Bermuda)

The APCN 2 is a 19,000 km optical fiber submarine cable network which links Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore in a ring configuration, with four fiber pair connecting 10 submarine cable landing stations. The APCN-2 is scheduled to be ready for service in the end of September, 2001.

APCN-2 Submarine Cable Map

The APCN 2 is the first submarine cable system that has a self-healing function in the Asia Region, and is capable of restoring itself instantly with its ring configuration when a failure occurs in a part of the system.

Making the most of the latest WDM technology (note), its operation is to start with an initial circuit capacity of 80 Gbps or 160 Gbps, and the circuit capacity is upgradable up to 2.56 Tbps.

In addition, by interconnecting it with the China-US Cable Network, the SEA-ME-WE 3 Cable, the Japan-US Cable Network under construction, and other submarine cable systems, it is possible to construct a large-capacity, highly-reliable seamless network not only within the Asia-Pacific Region but with the United States, Europe, and other areas.