Opening of Okinawa-Luzon-Hong Kong Submarine Cables

A commemorative postage stamp on the Opening of Okinawa Luzon Hong Kong Submarine Cables :

1311 underwater telephone cable linking Okinawa, Luzon and Hong Kong [Japan Stamp 1977]Issued by Japan

Issued on Aug 26, 1977

Issued for : A postage stamp was issued to commemorate the OkinawaLuzonHongkong Cable which opened August 26, 1977. The cable spanning about 2,240 km had been constructed by three firms: KDD (Japan), ETPI (the Philippines) and C & W (United Kingdom).

Design : Okinawa-Luzon-Hongkong Cable line and a child on the phone

Designer : Mr. Yoshiomi Higashitsunoi

Colour : Multicolour

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 50 Yen

Stamp Size : 22.5 mm x 33.0 mm

Quantity Issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • A contract for laying submarine cables connecting Okinawa, Luzon and Hongkong was concluded in Manila on Sept. 15, 1975 among Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co. of Japan, Eastern Communications Philippines, of the Philippines and Cable and Wireless Co. of Britain.
  • The cables are designed to link Gushikamison, Shimajiri County, on the southwestern part of Okinawa Island with Ilocos Norte on the northwestern part of Luzon Island and Hongkong Island. The total length of the cables was about 2,240 kilometers, and the 1,360 kilometer long section between Okinawa and Luzon was built by KDD. The cables for 1,600 circuits were laid by the engineers aboard a cable ship, the KDDMaru. The 880-kilometer section between Luzon and Hongkong was built by Cable and Wireless. Cables with 1,840 circuits were laid by the British cable ship Mercury. The submarine cables were put into use on Aug. 26, 1977.

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