Thursday, June 20, 2013

Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 Plans Upgrade to 100G

NEC was selected to upgrade APCN2 (Asia Pacific Cable Network 2) to 100G wavelengths.  The contract was signed by the purchasing consortium of 13 major telecom operators involved with APCN2.

The APCN2 system, with over 19,000km of cable, connects 10 landing stations in the Asia Pacific region and was originally supplied by NEC in 2001 with a 10G DWDM system design. The system was later upgraded with NEC's 40G DWDM transmission equipment in 2011.

"We are honored that the APCN2 purchasing consortium has again selected us as their capacity upgrade supplier. This upgrade is indeed a significant step for NEC as well as for the industry, as we demonstrate our ability to provide high-quality and state-of-the-art 100Gb/s DWDM products and services on a system designed for 10Gb/s DWDM in order to meet and surpass client demands," commented Dr. Yasuhiro Aoki, General Manager of NEC's Submarine Networks.

The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by 1Q of 2014.

The APCN2 Purchasing Consortium include AT&T, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Vodafone, KT, NTT Communications, MCII, PLDT, Reach, SingTel, Softbank Telecom, and StarHub.

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