History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

Cable Stamps
ASEAN, Thailand - Vietnam - Hong Kong Cable, SEACOM

Thanks to Bill Glover for providing the stamp images and text for this page.

All material on this page is copyright © 2005 Bill Glover


Singapore    1978     10-75c (Common design)
Singapore    1980    10-75c (Common design)
Singapore    1983    10-75c (Common design)
Singapore    1983    Souvenir sheet
Thailand    1983    1.25-7b
Indonesia   1980    75 & 200 r

ASEAN Singapore 75c 1978.JPG (36202 bytes) ASEAN Singapore 75c 1980.JPG (30907 bytes) ASEAN Singapore 75c 1983.JPG (32288 bytes)
ASEAN Thailand 1b25 1983.JPG (34597 bytes) ASEAN Singapore 1983 MS.JPG (313547 bytes) ASEAN Thailand 7b 1983.JPG (37404 bytes)

ASEAN:- ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH EAST ASIAN NATIONS, comprises five countries, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

The laying of the ASEAN network was split into four sections. The first section laid was that from the Philippines to Singapore. Shore ends at Katong, Singapore and Currimao, Luzon, were laid by MV Cap Villano, hired by Standard Telephone and Cables Ltd., manufacturers of the cable. CS Cable Venture laid the 1507 nm main cable. The second section from Indonesia to Singapore was laid by Kuroshio Maru with Chosui Maru laying the shore ends. The main cable was 572 nm long. KDD Maru and Kuroshio Maru laid the 920 nm cable between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand with Kaiko Maru 5 laying the shore ends. The final section from Thailand to the Philippines was laid by Kuroshio Maru. The cable carried 1380 circuits which were allocated on the basis of ownership shares in the whole project.

See additional ASEAN covers on the Other Covers page

Vietnam 2500d Cable Map.JPG (41089 bytes) THAILAND - VIETNAM - HONG KONG CABLE

Vietnam     1993    2500d

A 3347 km long cable linking, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Landing points were Sri Lacha, Vung Tau and Deepwater Bay respectively. CS Cable Venture and CS Flexservice 3 laid the cable of which 1750 km was buried. The cable was manufactured by Alcatel Submarine Networks. The agreement to instal the cable was signed in 1993 and the laying was completed by September 1995


Hong Kong 1967 $1.30 SEACOM cable route
Hong Kong 1967 FDC for above
Malaysia 1965 25c Microwave Tower (3 vals common design ITU centenary)
Malaysia 1967 30-75c SEACOM & COMPAC cable routes
Malaysia 1967 FDC of above
Malaysia 1967 Leaflet inserted in FDC
Sharjah 1965 1np, 5np SEACOM & COMPAC cable routes, HMTS Monarch (4)
SEACOM Hong Kong.JPG (29253 bytes) SEACOM Hong Kong FDC.JPG (76416 bytes)
SEACOM Malaysia 30c 1967.JPG (43689 bytes) SEACOM Malaysia 75c 1967.JPG (46634 bytes)
Malaysia Microwave Tower.JPG (24860 bytes) SEACOM Malaysia Leaflet.JPG (86164 bytes) SEACOM Malaysia FDC.JPG (73819 bytes)
SEACOM Sharjah 1np 1965.JPG (37331 bytes) SEACOM Sharjah 5np 1965.JPG (35163 bytes)

At a conference held in June 1961, in Kuala Lumpur, between the operators of COMPAC and representatives of Malaysia, a decision was taken to lay a cable to be known as SEACOM linking Singapore, Sabah, Hong Kong and Australia.

Laying of the cable was split into two parts, SEACOM 1, Singapore - Sabah - Hong Kong. SEACOM 2, Hong Kong - Guam - Madang, Papua New Guinea - Australia. CS Mercury began laying the first part on 2 July 1964 from Jessleton, Sabah to Singapore, CS Recorder (3) had already laid the shore ends. CS Mercury laid 622 nm and 30 repeaters and CS Monarch (4), completed the link laying 243 nm of cable and 14 repeaters. CS Cable Enterprise laid the Singapore shore ends and then remained at Singapore on repair duties. The link from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur was by microwave. CS Monarch sailed to Jessleton, Sabah and laid 400 nm of cable and 18 repeaters of the Hong Kong cable. CS Mercury followed on and laid 700 nm of cable and 28 repeaters. This section opened for service on 31 March 1965.

Before laying commenced on SEACOM 2, CS Mercury and CS Recorder (3) spent a number of weeks surveying the route to Australia because of the exceptional ocean depths. Parts of the cable were laid at depths of 4000 fathoms. CS Monarch then laid 800 nm and 33 repeaters of the Hong Kong - Guam cable with CS Mercury laying a further 1260 nm of cable and 51 repeaters. CS Monarch then commenced the Madang - Cairns section, laying 776 nm and 48 repeaters. CS Mercury completed it laying 840 nm of cable and 49 repeaters and then laid the first section of the Madang - Guam cable with CS Monarch finishing off, 1391 nm of cable and 83 repeaters were laid by the two ships. From Cairns a microwave link to Sydney completed the network. At Sydney SEACOM linked up with COMPAC and at Guam with TPC 1.

The cable was manufactured by Standard Telephones and Cables Ltd., who produced 2410 nm, 68 repeaters and 198 internal repeater units, and Submarine Cables Ltd., who produced 4700 nm of cable and 88 repeaters plus 198 repeater housings.

Capacity between Kuala Lumpur and Guam was 80 telephone circuits and between Guam and Sydney 160 circuits. Each telephone circuit could carry up to 22 telegraph or telex circuits. SEACOM was taken out of service in 1986.

Many additional stamps are shown on the pages linked from the Stamps Index page

Last revised: 4 March, 2014

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