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PLDT Builds $75M Asia Direct Cable PH Link, Boosts Intra-Asian Connectivity, CIOSEA News, ETCIO SEA

The Philippines‘ the largest fully integrated telco PLDT will continue its international development wired network as the initial phase of cable construction of the Asia Direct Cable (CDA) begin.

Construction of the 9,400 kilometer submarine cable will begin in the Philippines with completion of all landing links scheduled for the end of 2023. Once completed, the ADC will connect seven international cable landing points to 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, Mainland China.

“In addition to PLDT’s existing international submarine cable systems, Asia Direct Cable will boost and diversify connectivity from the Philippines to the Asian region,” said PLDT President and CEO Al S. Panlilio.

“ADC will not only strengthen PLDT’s global network, but also advance the country’s digitization and the growth of the digital economy,” Panlilio adds.

The ADC will feature a minimum of 200G of DWDM system per wavelength design, which will significantly increase PLDT’s network bandwidth in and out of the country. When fully equipped, this will provide PLDT with an additional international network capacity of at least 36 Tbps for faster large-scale data delivery across East and Southeast Asia.

“Asia Direct Cable will strongly reinforce PLDT’s mission to make the Philippines the next hyperscaler destination in Asia Pacific. This investment reinforces our commitment to enriching and synergizing the country’s hyperscale ecosystem of connected digital infrastructure, such as data centers, submarine cables, home networks fiber network, 5G, cloud and IoT“, said Jojo G. Gendrano, senior vice president of PLDT and head of the group of companies.

The ADC and the recently powered Jupiter Cable System will route global data directly to and from VITRO Sta. Rosa and the rest of PLDT’s data centers across the country, reinforcing the Philippines’ advantage as a strategic digital hub in the region.

ADC is a global consortium of leading technology companies including PLDT, China Telecom, China Unicom, National Telecom, Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel Group.

The upcoming ADC and Apricot cable systems will bring the number of PLDT’s international submarine cable systems to 19 and, when fully equipped, will extend the current international network capacity from 60 Tbps to over 130 Tbps. With the most extensive fiber optic cable infrastructure and largest network of data centers in the archipelago, PLDT’s network remains unparalleled in the Philippines.