Telstra joins Asia Pacific submarine cable group

Telstra is among 10 Asian telcos planning a high-capacity, fibre-optic submarine cable network for the Asia-Pacific region.

Signed earlier this week, the planned new cable project will bolster bandwidth already provided by the Asia Pacific Cable Network (ACPN), established more than two years ago. Telstra is a major owner of the ACPN.

The new network, called ACPN2, will connect Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore, massively increasing the region's telecommunications cable capacity.

The network will use 640Gbit/sec fibre-optic pair and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology. The network will have a "self-healing ring configuration" with four fibre-optic pairs, providing greater resilience and route diversity.

ACPN2 joins Telstra's SEA-ME-WE 3 cable, which will come into service later this year.

Telstra signed a Memorandum of Understanding for ACPN2 with China Telecom, Chunghwa Telecom, Cable & Wireless HKT, Japan Telecom, Korea Telecom, KDD Corporation, NTT Worldwide Networks, Singapore Telecom and Telekom Malaysia.

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