PLDT starts work on $75M Phl link of Asia Direct Cable

Telco giant PLDT has started construction of the $75-million Philippine link of the Asia Direct Cable (ADC), which will connect seven international cable landing points across East and Southeast Asia from Batangas.

PLDT said the 9,400-kilometer subsea cable will commence in the Philippines and expects to complete all landing links by the end of next year.

The ADC will link Batangas 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 CEO Al Panlilio said.

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

“ADC will strengthen not only PLDT’s global network, but will also further advance the country’s digitalization and growing digital economy,” Panlilio said.

The cable system will feature a minimum of 200G dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) system per wavelength design, which will significantly expand PLDT’s network bandwidth going in and out of the country.

This will provide PLDT an additional international network capacity of at least 36 Terabits 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,” PLDT senior vice president and head of enterprise business group Jojo Gendrano said.

“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,” he said.

The beginning of the initial phase of cable construction of the ADC comes just months after the successful launch of the Jupiter cable system.

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