Tokyo, January 16, 2006 - NEC Corporation today announced that it has signed a capacity upgrade contract with major telecom operators in the Asia Pacific region to upgrade capacity of the APCN2 (Asia Pacific Cable Network 2) to 280 Gbps.


The multi-million dollar contract consists of the provision of a comprehensive set of equipment and services including commissioning and integration on a full turnkey basis. The system will serve as the broadband backbone network in the Asia Pacific region on its completion in the fourth quarter of 2006.

The APCN2 was launched in December 2001, with its cable length over 19,000km, connects 10 landing stations in the Asia Pacific region, which was originally supplied by NEC in 2001. Current capacity of the APCN2 is 160Gbps and it is to be expanded up to 280Gbps.

Upon its completion, the upgraded system will play an important role in providing a huge capacity communication route covering the Asia Pacific region, and it will relay the communication traffic to other countries across the globe, offering higher quality and a broader route selection for internet business.

APCN-2 Submarine Cable Map