Here's a roundup of telecom-related news following the earthquake.
Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. (NYSE: CHT) told MarketWatch that its APCN2 cable, which links China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, was damaged but service was disrupted only temporarily.
Among the stats, the firm estimates that Japan accounted for 13.9 percent of all global electronic equipment factory revenue in 2010, a figure that includes the making of computers, CE devices and communications gear, and one fifth of global semiconductor production.
IHS iSuppli also believes that the "major impact" on Japan's semiconductor production likely won't come from direct damage to production facilities, but from disruption to the supply chain. "This is likely to cause some disruption in semiconductor supplies from Japan during the next two weeks," the firm said.
He also confirmed that the MSO has received word that company EVP of Advanced Engineering and Technology Mike Hayashi, who was in Japan when the tsunami hit, is also all right.
TWC, meanwhile, announced it is offering its in-language international premium channel, TV Japan, for free to all digital-TV subs through next Thursday.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable