Undersea cable disruption slows Internet access

A segment of the Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) undersea cable network between China and Taiwan suffered a serious fault earlier today, slowing Internet access to users in Southeast Asia.

PC World reports that the cable fault happened on Segment 7 of APCN2, which connects Hong Kong and Shantou, China. The cable fault prompted internet service providers to reroute Internet traffic, causing the slowdown in access speeds.

Singaporeans that GameSync spoke to report that only some overseas websites are affected by the slowdown, while local websites remain unaffected.

However, there might be a silver lining for gamers. According to Team Fortress 2 player “Sedated” Howe Kai Xiang, although the connection to Taiwanese TF2 servers have been severely affected, with latency reaching over 600 ms, Australian servers are now pinging in the range of about 150 ms.

StarHub is aware of the problem, while ZDNet reported that Singtel, a member of the consortium that owns APCN2, expects to return to “acceptable levels” within the next 24 hours as repairs are made on the undersea cable.

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  • Glimmerous.Fop

    Not again. I believe there was another undersea disruption 2 years ago, which lasted several weeks.

  • athrun86

    We have entered an endless recursion of time…

  • LordFa9

    150 ping? My ping on BestGN and 3FL shot from 200-250 to at least 300 since the spy-per update

  • Matafleur

    Your mileage may vary! It depends a lot on the routing I guess.