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From: Okki Soebagio <okki@...
Subject: Fwd: Faulty Asian Cable Slows Internet Access (fwd)
Date: 1/4/2002 8:57:41 AM
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Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 09:44:00 +0800
From: "YAU, Chyong Lim" <clyau@...
Subject: Faulty Asian Cable Slows Internet Access
Faulty Asian Cable Slows Internet Access Singapore/December 28, 2001/Satnews
Asia/ -- An as yet unexplained "fault" slowed down Internet traffic to
countries served by the Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN). Initial reports
said the fault was probably caused by "shipping activities" off Changi in
The slowdown affected surfers in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea,
Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The fault along
the 12,000-kilometer APCN lasted several hours. Singapore Telecommunications
Ltd (SingTel) and Australia's Reach Communications are among the co-owners
of APCN, which was completed in 1996.
Both companies said they took immediate steps to redirect Internet traffic
to other regional cable systems, such as SEA-ME-WE 3 and the newly launched
APCN 2. Some of the Singapore-Hong Kong traffic was restored within an hour,
according to Reach. An investigation is being jointly conducted by both
Reach and SingTel to determine the full extent of the cable fault.
Although a SingTel spokesperson cited "shipping activities" as a probable
cause for the cable failure, no further information was forthcoming. Earlier
this year, Internet access in China was twice interrupted when commercial
trawlers damaged sub-sea cables off China's coast.
SingTel said some Internet users in Singapore were unable to access Web
sites hosted overseas. Surfers in Jakarta were also affected but there was
no reported impact on Australian customers.
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