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PLDT Builds a $75M Asia Direct Cable Link Boosting intra-Asian Connectivity

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Just months after the successful launch of the Jupiter cable system, PLDT will continue to expand its international cable network as the initial phase of cable construction of the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) begins in Batangas.

The construction of the 9,400-kilometer subsea cable will commence in the Philippines and the target completion of all landing links is the end of 2023. Submarine fiber optic cables are among the most crucial components of the Internet's infrastructure, as they serve as the global backbone connecting countries and transport huge amounts of data that enable worldwide digital commerce.

When completed, ADC will link seven international cable landing points across East and Southeast Asia from Batangas, the 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,” said PLDT President & CEO, Al S. Panlilio.

The cable will include a minimum 200G DWDM system per wavelength, which will considerably increase the bandwidth of PLDT's international network. This will give PLDT with an additional international network capacity of at least 36Tbps to speed up the transmission of hyperscale data across East and Southeast Asia once it is fully operational.

“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 SVP & Head of Enterprise Business Group, Jojo G. Gendrano.

ADC and the recently activated Jupiter cable system will transmit global data directly to and from VITRO Sta. Rosa and the rest of PLDT's data center facilities around the country, therefore enhancing the Philippines' position as a regional digital hub. The connectivity between these large facilities will enrich the IP ecosystem of the country hosted by the VITRO internet exchange (VIX). VIX gives cloud service operators, content suppliers, and global carriers access to the country's vast population of digitally literate customers, creating synergies through the interchange of data between businesses.

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.

The upcoming activation of the ADC and Apricot cable systems will increase the number of PLDT's international submarine cable systems to 19 and, once fully operational, would enhance the international network's capacity from 60 Tbps to over 130 Tbps. With the most extensive fiber optic cable infrastructure and the largest data center network across the archipelago, PLDT's network in the Philippines remains unparalleled.

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