Slow Internet in PH due to faulty submarine cables

Slow Internet in PH due to faulty submarine cables

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.


Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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30 Responses

  1. Justin says:

    Yari na ang mga porn streams ninyo!

    • JustinX says:

      oo nga pre eh d nga ako maka download ng mabuti via IDM,kaya pala bagal ng streaming videos kahit anong site lalo na porn site

  2. phonebuddy says:

    Kaya pala.. mabagal lang pag pinas websites ang pinupuntahan ko.pero pag dito sa local no problem naman.

  3. mags says:

    Kaya pala.. . last week nag start pag slow ng youtube streaming ko kahit pag load ng heavy webpage mabagal. Ito pala dahilan. PLDt subs here

  4. nego says:

    That sarcastic “outstanding ranking” :)

  5. eric jay says:

    as if ang connection natin eh sing bilis nang sa korea na ma notice kung bunagal. kumbaga dito sa atin eh nasanay na tayo na minsan nagloloko ang connection. “outstanding ranking”, lol. parang ok naman connection ko eh, sanayan lang yan.

  6. WOOHOO says:

    I never noticed the slow connection cause it’s been like that since forever…

  7. Kenneth says:

    I got H+ at the moment but running at ave. of 3.5 MBPS Speedtest.

  8. Red says:

    Ang bagal ng download ng torrents ko madami namang seeds pero mabilis naman download pag sa Playstore full speed pa. PLDT lang ba apektado? PLDT lang kasi may anunsyo.

    • JustinX says:

      sa amin pre lalong bumibilis kaysa dati ang torrent download d nga ako makapaniwala eh pero sa torrent d mabagal sa streaming videos lang lage nagbubuffer

  9. Mr. Curious says:

    PLDC Disconnecting people =) JK

  10. JP says:

    Currently using an SG VPN and it eased the problem somehow. This is becoming frustrating, and to think PLDT didn’t even mention the severity of it on their official website.

  11. Lexty says:

    half true. I am still getting around 3.5mbps for my speed (courtesy of, also browsing and streaming youtube is a speedy. but my p2p and diablo 3 connection sucks!

  12. rape says:

    Kaya pala lately ang tagal magload ng facebook and kapag youtube madalas mag buffer, pero kapag local websites mabilis talaga walang issues

  13. is says:

    I have a feeling we have some Chinese submarines to blame for this.

  14. #correctedby says:

    “last last week” talaga? hindi ba pwedeng “week after last”

  15. Paulo says:

    only last week? since im in Filipinas I never experienced another internet speed… only very slow and very very slow…

  16. jonski22 says:

    the real story: a guard run amok in PLDT Data center in La Union, where one of the two cable station of PLDT, the other is in Daet, CamSur. For reason unknown, the guard “shutdown”/”shotgun” the equipment thus shutting it down. I don’t know how fast they will replace those equipment.

  17. David says:

    It depends on the routing — some routes are fine and others are so slow that they are unusable.

  18. azhure says:

    thats how expensive their services are but poor service

  19. jay says:

    Ha kaya pala mabagal ang video streaming?? Minsan loding din ng images medyo mabagal :sigh:

  20. uchiha itachi says:

    happy april fools

  21. Druce says:

    whats new guys? the happiest folks are the PLDT call center people. they now have one additional reason to give callers.

  22. Nope says:

    Downloads are still slow [PLDT 5mbps Laguna Area]. I download files and get only a speed of ranging 5-150kB/s. This sucks. I cannot get a decent speed without using IDM. ‘Demand for faster internet intensifies’

  23. Jasper says:

    PLDT MyDSL 3mbps Cebu Area
    Same problem as mentioned by Nope above.

  24. Darwin says:

    Restored? Restored to its previously slowest-in-the-world speed? I don’t think so. Pldt just outdid themselves by being slower than before and the scary thing is, this may be the new normal.

  1. April 7, 2014

    […] We’ve previously reported that the country’s Internet connection has been affected due to faulty submarine cables. Today, PLDT has announced that the APCN2 has already been fixed and that normal speeds are now restored. […]

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