PLDT invests $100M in new subsea cable system

Telco giant PLDT has earmarked $100 million for a new submarine cable system to further expand its network bandwidth capacity.

“Next year, we’re going to tie up with another cable system — the Asia Direct Cable System which adds about 36 terabits more capacity to our network. After that in 2024, we are trying to launch APRICOT cable system which adds another 54 terabits capacity,” said Jojo G. Gendrano, PLDT and Smart first vice president and head of Enterprise Business Group.

The APRICOT Cable project, a 12,000-kilometer long cable system connecting the Philippines to Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan and Guam is expected to be completed in 2024.

The Asia Direct Cable system, on the other hand, is targeted to be completed by early 2023.

The company recently fired up the US-Transpacific Jupiter Cable system, the Philippines’ fastest, direct data cable link to the US and Japan.

PLDT invested $136 million in the 14,000-kilometer Jupiter Cable system, the newest international gateway connecting the Philippines directly from PLDT’s cable landing station in Daet, Camarines Norte to Japan and the US West Coast.

The telco giant’s investment in Jupiter responds to the rapidly growing requirements for digital services and next-generation technologies; and supports data-driven industries, particularly those with global operations and high-bandwidth demands such as BPOs, multinationals, and global hyperscalers.

Already ahead in terms of international capacities among Philippine telcos, Jupiter will triple PLDT’s international capacity to about 60 Terabit/s, further cementing its lead in the industry and reinforcing its commitment to driving the country’s digital capabilities forward.