REACH operates the most diverse high-speed cable network in the Asia-Pacific region. It has significant interests in all major submarine cables consortia in the Asia-Pacific region as well as interests in many other major international cable systems. The REACH network stretches over 364,000 km around the globe, with nearly half of it terminating at our major hubs of Hong Kong and Australia.
Below are descriptions of selected major cable systems.
REACH North Asia Loop Cable System
REACH North Asia Loop (RNAL) is a multi terabit intra Asia self-healing ring cable system connecting the principal cities in Asia. The 10,000km cable network provides intra regional, city-to-city connectivity between Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei.
RNAL has the largest share of cable capacity in Asia with 29%. (Source: Telegeography Bandwidth Report 2002).
Japan-US Cable System
The 21,000km Japan-U.S. Cable Network (JUS) forms a four fiber pair self- healing ring connecting Japan, Hawaii and the west coast of the U.S. JUS had an initial capacity of 80 Gbit/s with two lit fiber pairs. In 2002, the two remaining fiber pairs were lit with 16 wavelengths at 10.0 Gbit/s per wavelength giving the cable a total capacity of 400 Gbit/s.
Japan-US cable system interconnects with Australia-Japan-Cable, RNAL and APCN-2 to offer Australia-Asia–US connectivity.
APCN2 (Asia Pacific Network 2)
The 19,000km APCN-2 network forms a self-healing ring linking China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.
The system is based on state-of-the-art 640 Gbit/s per fiber-optic pair and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to provide upgradeable, future-proof transmission facilities.
APCN2 provides seamless interconnection to Australia and Europe via SMW3 and AJC and across the Pacific Ocean to USA via the China-US and Japan-US cables that were commissioned in 2001.
Southern Cross Cable System
The Southern Cross Cable System is a 30,500km privately owned cable system directly connecting Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii to the west coast of the United States.
Southern Cross is a two-cable network interlinked between the Hawaiian landing points that are used for the Hawaii-U.S. and Australia-New Zealand rings.
Originally designed to deliver 120 Gbps of fully protected capacity, Southern Cross was expanded to 240 Gbps, with the potential of increasing total protected network capacity to 480 Gbps.
Australia Japan Cable System
The Australia-Japan Cable (AJC) is the first submarine cable to connect eastern Australia directly with Japan and Guam. AJC has a collapsed ring configuration with full branch protection near the landing points.
The cable spans a distance of 12,700 kilometers and has a design capacity of 320 Gbit/s, making it the largest capacity system to reach Australia.
SEA-ME-WE (South East Asia, Middle East, Western Europe) Cable System
The SeaMeWe-3 consortium cable is a two-fiber pair cable extending 38,000km from Germany to Singapore, Australia and Korea via the Middle East.
The cable system uses 10 Gbps Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) technology with Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) transmission which offers unparalleled network resilience and connectivity.
SMW3 is the successor to SMW2, which was the first digital cable to connect Europe and Asia. The cable system provides excellent interconnection to China-US, APCN2, RNAL cable systems.
China-US Cable Systems
The 30,800 km China-US cable system is constructed as a self-healing ring cable and is an extensive trans-oceanic system linking Asia and the US. The China-US cable system contains four fiber pairs, each operating at 8 channels of 2.488 Gbit/s. The two trans-oceanic segments give the system a total capacity of 160 Gbit/s, half of which will be reserved for in-system restoration.
Linking with the SMW3 cable system, the China-US cable system provides some of the best connectivity into and out of Asia to the US. Connecting with AJC, it provides connectivity to Australia, and Japan. The cable also connects with other regional Asian systems such as APCN/APCN2.
Apollo Cable System
The Apollo Cable System is a high speed, high capacity system consisting of two diverse submarine transatlantic cable legs connecting Long Island and New Jersey in the United States (US) with Cornwall in the United Kingdom (UK) and Brittany in France. Backhaul infrastructure provides onward connectivity via diverse fibre routes to Reach PoP locations in the US and the UK.
The cable system is 13,000km in length and provides onward connectivity to high capacity infrastructure in Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.
REACH Apollo capacity can be configured either in self healing ring protection architecture or as an unprotected service depending on the level of protection required.
REACH Satellite Services provide diversity for cable systems as well as the ideal alternative delivery solution for coverage into regions where cable services are not available.
REACH has three active satellite earth stations, including Asia's largest commercial satellite earth station in Stanley, Hong Kong. Our satellite services provide direct coverage to more than two thirds of the earth's surface from our extensive earth station facilities in Hong Kong and Australia. Our satellite links are integrated with our extensive international cable networks to connect directly to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North and South America for complete global coverage as well as interconnection with our global IP network.