Have you been experiencing slow data services in the Philippines lately? It might be because of the damaged APCN2 that connects Philippines and eight more APAC countries to the rest of the world that’s causing this.
The Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 or APCN2 tucked under the waters between Taiwan-Japan and China-Korea were reported to be damaged since last last week and this was said to be the reason why we will experience/are experiencing limited data service in our country.
Eastern Telecommunications, a local Internet Service Provider, wrote to its subscribers of a two-fold damage resulting to this issue:
“An existing submarine cable break at S4A that happened on March 21, together with the submarine cable break that happened at S6 segment on March 23 of APCN2”
PLDT has also released a statement:
“One of the major international undersea cable systems in the region — the Asia Pacific Cable Network (APCN) — recently suffered two fiber breaks in the areas between Taiwan-Japan and China-Korea. This has impacted on telecoms traffic in a large area of the Asia Pacific region, including the Philippines. As a result, this may affect your data service.”
PLDT has assured its subscribers that repairs are now ongoing and that we could expect it to finish in mid-April. In addition, the company has re-routed voice and data traffic to two other cable systems while the APCN2 is being fixed — resulting to a congested network and slower connections, according to the source.
How are your connections recently? Have you been experiencing the effects of these damaged submarine cables? Just like you, I hope this issue gets fixed really soon. The Philippines, with its “outstanding” ranking in Internet speeds, doesn’t need another reason for its connection to slow down.