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Converge signs deal with Keppel for Bifrost Cable System

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Converge ICT Solutions Inc. said Thursday it signed agreements with Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation’s wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd.

The definite agreements, signed by Keppel T&T chief executive Thomas Pang and Converge chief executive Dennis Anthony Uy, provide for the grant of an indefeasible right of use to Converge for one fiber pair on the main trunk of Bifrost Cable System.

KMH and Converge will jointly develop a branch on the Bifrost Cable System that will land in Davao, with Converge also being granted an IRU on the entire Davao branch. Converge will be appointed as the landing party for the Davao branch segment.

Converge will invest over $100 million (around P5 billion) for the whole project.

"We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with Converge through our collaboration on this significant transnational infrastructure project," Pang said.

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"The Bifrost Cable System will enable greater ASEAN inter-connectivity, as well as greater connectivity between Southeast Asia and the west coast of North America, bringing significant benefits to the region’s governments, businesses and consumers," he said.

Uy said the additional Davao branch for the Bifrost Cable System would significantly increase internet speeds and network diversity for businesses and consumers in the Philippines for a better digital experience.

"Our investment into this cable system also gives us two direct international links, one going to Singapore and the other one going to North America with a design capacity of up to 15Tbps in each direction," he said.

Expected to be completed by 2024 and spanning over 15,000 kilometers, the Bifrost Cable System is the world’s first subsea cable system that directly connects Singapore to the west coast of North America via Indonesia through the Java Sea and Celebes Sea.

It will connect Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam and the west coast of North America.

The Bifrost Cable System will boost the connectivity of the region’s governments and businesses, including cloud operators, telecommunications operators, network providers, over-the-top providers, data centers, governments, enterprises and consumers by offering them competitive pricing and capacity resilience.

Construction of the Davao branch is subject to the relevant regulatory permits and licenses being obtained. As the transaction proceeds, Keppel T&T will make the necessary announcements when there are material developments.

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