Third undersea cable to bring faster Internet to Asia

March 19th, 2009 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Taipei, March 19 (DPA) Several Asian countries plan to jointly build a third Asia-Pacific undersea cable to bring faster Internet service to the region, Taiwan media reported Thursday.
The countries plan to jointly invest $500 million to lay the Asia-Pacific Cable Network 3 (APCN3), according to the Economic Daily News and the Commercial Times, which cited unnamed Chunghwa Telecom Co sources.

The APCN3 would link Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The main companies involved in the venture - including Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom, China’s China Unicom Ltd and China Telecom Corp, Singapore’s Starhub Ltd and Japan’s KDDI Corp - were expected to sign a contract next month.

The APCN3 was scheduled to be finished by 2013, the reports said. The undersea cable would be 11,000 km long. It would provide 40-gigabyte transmission capacity, compared with the 10-GB capacity offered by the APCN2, which is 10 years old and frequently breaks down.

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