Tokyo, April 18, 2000 - NEC Corporation (NEC) announced that it will sign a contract worth approximately US$800 million for the supply of a submarine cable system for the Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) project tomorrow. Once completed, this system will connect the Asia Pacific region with a bandwidth capacity of 2.56 terabits per second. This order represents the largest such project in the Asia Pacific region and is also the largest such order for NEC.

This APCN cable project is spearheaded by 26 telecommunications companies namely Advantel, Cable & Wireless Global Network, Cable & Wireless HKTI, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Concert Global Network Services, Ltd., Global One, Japan Telecom, KDD Corporation, Korea Telecom, KPN, Layer2, MCI Worldcom, Metromedia Fiber Network Services, NTTCom, New Century InfoComm, Onelink Cable Network, PLDT, Starhub, SingTel, Taiwan Fixed Network, Teleglobe, Telekom Malaysia, Telestra and Williams Communications.

NEC Corporation has been supplying submarine cable systems for over 25 years. In fact, NEC has been involved in the majority of cable systems installed in the Asia Pacific region. In the Atlantic and Pacific region, the company has installed several transoceanic submarine cables with WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technologies, and NEC has also been involved in the construction of such massive projects as the China - US Cable Network and the Japan - US Cable Network.

Source: NEC