APCN 2 (cable system)
APCN 2 or Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 is a submarine telecommunications cable linking several countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
It has landing points in:
- Chongming, Shanghai, China
- Shantou, Guangdong Province, China
- Lantau Island, Islands District, Hong Kong
- Chikura, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
- Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
- Tamsui, New Taipei City, Taiwan
- Kuantan, Pahang State, Malaysia
- Batangas Bay, Batangas City, Batangas Province, Philippines
- Katong, Singapore
- Pusan, South Korea
Total bandwidth capacity of Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 is 2.56 Tbit/s, made up of four pairs of optical fibres, 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.
On 27 Dec 2006, the 2006 Hengchun earthquake damaged the APCN 2 cable links between Shantou, China and Tanshui, Taiwan, and between Lantau Island in Hong Kong and Chongming, China. This disrupted Internet access to overseas websites from Asia.
On 12 Aug 2009, the APCN2 cable suffered further damage, impacting Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore and Tokyo links.
In June 2010, the cable suffered some major faults, disrupting the Internet Access in the Philippines.
On 11 March 2011, the APCN2 cable suffered damage as part of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake.