APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

Summary: update Cut in Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 undersea cable cripples connection speeds in Asia-Pacific region Wednesday, hitting Singapore and the Philippines.

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update A cut in the Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) undersea submarine cable crippled connection speeds for users in the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday, particularly in Singapore and the Philippines.

Users were sending updates to local forums and Twitter, complaining of slow connection speeds to sites hosted outside of the region.

According to a notice sent by Malaysian telco, TM Net, the cable fault was traced to segment 7 of the APCN2, which stretches between Shantou, China and Tanshui, Taiwan. TM Net traced the outage to Typhoon Morakot, which hit the region over the weekend.

Additionally, segment 1 of the APCN2 is also currently under repair. Repairs on segment 7 are expected to commence after work on segment 1 is completed.

TM Net said the repairs are expected to be completed by late evening Aug. 13.

Singapore operator, SingTel, confirmed the cable fault in an e-mail to ZDNet Asia, saying the APCN2's consortium members have started restoration works and are diverting Internet traffic to other cable systems. It said the situation is expected to return to "acceptable levels" within the next 24 hours.

A status update posted on InternetTrafficReport.com showed SingTel's Singapore gateway registered a score of only 34 points, compared to the global average "health" of network connections, which was 86 points as at 3pm Singapore time on Wednesday.

The site first started registering slower response times and packet loss in Singapore at 8pm Tuesday evening.

Cable & Wireless sent ZDNet Asia a status update at 6pm, Singapore time, noting multiple cable breaks have been also detected along the EAC (East Asia Crossing) and SMW 3 (South-East-Asia, Middle-East, Western-Europe) subsea cable networks, in addition to the APCN2.

These breaks have been concentrated specifically near Taiwan, with network traffic "adversely affected in and out of the region as a result," said the operator.

Back in 2006, the APCN2 was taken out by a powerful earthquake in Taiwan. Internet access was reportedly badly disrupted and halted in some parts of Asia after the quake.

Topic: Singapore

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  • APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    God help us all. Aug 13 evening? that would be Aug 14 on the Philippines! hahaha no MMORPG and downloading for the mean time
    anonymous
  • RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    Thanatos10, all of APCN2, Singapore and Taiwan share the same time zone with the Philippines. August 13 should still be August 13 for you.
    anonymous
  • RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    think before you type, idiot
    anonymous
  • APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    I think SG and PH has the same time....
    anonymous
  • RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    Here I am supposed to be pissed with the slow net, but the comments are just so.... LOL!
    anonymous
  • APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    yah stupido iho de gago thanatos10
    anonymous
  • RE: RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    its offensive to type this. Some people don't know the current time zones but it's not polite to tell them rudely.
    anonymous
  • RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    ILMAO!!! laughter is the best medicine... or is it stupidity? LOL!
    anonymous
  • RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    LOL THAT CUT CABLE AFFECTS US ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    anonymous
  • APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    OMG.... i got hit with the slow speeds around 5pm :O god dammit i thought only i was experiencing this connection and my friend gave me this link... XD its a "inter asian pacific problem" hell yeah!!! and its coming back tomorrow evening great!!!!!!! X_X
    anonymous
  • RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    aw that suckss..
    -2 membership days to runescape :(
    no forums for 24hrs
    no RESEARCH 4 ASSIGNMENTS :(( really bad
    anonymous
  • RE: RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    grow up!!! will you!

    got hit around 1030am today bad for business dang!
    anonymous
  • APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    shucks, this is really happening? and i thought my DSL was slow as usual. guess no Farm Town-ing at Facebook for a couple of days huh. too bad.
    anonymous
  • RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    tanga tanga mo. puro k games kc eh try mo mag aral ng mabuti d yung puro games ka. kakahiya.
    anonymous
  • RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    maybe bcoz of facebook,,so many users
    anonymous
  • RE: RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    i see, can this sort of company gives refunds to people who are paying well, but getting bad services? .... im just playing lol. well S**T HAPPENS! grow up. it may hurt the business i know, but its all OUR FAULT. stop destroying mother earth. and we will have a better Place to live in.
    anonymous
  • APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    ... bwahaha, cant believe that everyone's exaggerating.. LOL..
    anonymous
  • RE: RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    think first befor posting.. thats the effect when you play MMO all the time.. LOL.. get a life dude
    anonymous
  • RE: RE: RE: APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    irking grow up dude!
    anonymous
  • APCN2 cable cut cripples connections

    that explain our slow connection here in the office, at home and on my brother's office! even though we have fail over/load balance, internet connection becomes suspiciously slow!
    anonymous