PLDT Inc. said Monday it expects the completion of the Philippine link of the $75-million Asia Direct Cable by end of 2023, boosting connectivity within the region.
The company said the initial phase of cable construction of ADC would start in Batangas, months after the successful launch of the Jupiter cable system.
The construction of the 9,400-kilometer subsea cable would commence in the Philippines. PLDT said it was expecting landing links in the country to be finished by end of 2023.
ADC is a global consortium comprised of leading communications and technology companies,including PLDT, China Telecom, China Unicom, National Telecom, Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel Group.
Submarine fiber optic cables are among the most critical components of the internet’s infrastructure, as they serve as the global backbone connecting countries while carrying massive amounts of data that enable digital trade across the globe.
ACD, once completed, will link seven international cable landing points across East and Southeast Asia from Batangas, Philippines to Tuas, Singapore; Chung Hom Kok, Hong Kong; Maruyama, Japan; Quy Nhon, Vietnam; Sri Racha, Thailand; and Shantou, China.
“Along with PLDT’s existing international submarine cable systems, the Asia Direct Cable will boost and diversify the Philippines’ connectivity within the Asian region,” PLDT president and chief executive Al Panlilio said.
“ADC will strengthen not only PLDT’s global network, but will also further advance the country’s digitalization and growing digital economy,” he said.
The cable system will feature a minimum of 200G dense wavelength-division multiplexing system per wavelength design, which will significantly expand PLDT’s network bandwidth going in and out of the country.
Once fully equipped, this will provide PLDT an additional international network capacity of at least 36 terabytes per second for faster delivery of hyperscale data across East and Southeast Asia.
“The Asia Direct Cable will strongly bolster PLDT’s mission to make the Philippines the next hyperscaler destination in Asia-Pacific. This investment solidifies our commitment to enrich and synergize the country’s Hyperscale Ecosystem of connected digital infrastructures, such as data centers, subsea cables, domestic fiber network, 5G, cloud and IOT,” said PLDT senior vice president and head of enterprise business group Jojo Gendrano.
ADC and the recently energized Jupiter cable system will drive global data straight to and from Vitro Sta. Rosa and the rest of PLDT’s data center facilities across the country, strengthening the Philippines’ advantage as a strategic digital hub in the region.
The interconnection between these massive infrastructures will further enrich the country’s IP ecosystem hosted in the Vitro internet exchange.
VIX provides cloud service operators, content providers and global carriers access to the country’s massive digital-savvy consumers enabling synergies through data exchange amongst entities.
The upcoming activation of ADC and Apricot cables systems will increase to 19 the number of international submarine cable systems of PLDT. Once fully equipped, they will expand the international network capacity of 60 Tbps to over 130 Tbps.