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PLDT to Improve PH Internet through New Submarine Cable

PLDT Inc. is boosting internet capacity in the Philippines through a new undersea cable slated for completion by the end of 2022.

The Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium, of which PLDT inc is a member, is building a 9,400 kilometer-long submarine cable to link the Philippines, China (Hong Kong SAR, and Guangdong Province), Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The consortium contracted the NEC Corporation to lay the cable and the project is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022.

The new facility will join hundreds of submarine cables that line the seabed around the globe. They are the unseen backbone of the world’s internet traffic, carrying everything from emails to pictures and videos posted on social media.

PLDT said the cable would support the increasing shift to digital services such as 5G, the next-generation mobile standard, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. It will add to other international cables landing in various points across the Philippines.

The ADC cable system will strengthen the resiliency of PLDT’s international network, providing additional capacity for internet and digital services via a new route through the East and Southeast regions.

It will also enhance the capabilities of PLDT’s extensive fiber cable network which already spans over 338,000 kilometers across the archipelago and links the country to key destinations in different parts of the world.

“The ADC will improve PLDT’s network resiliency, strengthening its data links to Asia and the rest of the world,” confirmed PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart President Al S. Panlilio.

“This will help us address the expanding demand for more digital services for both enterprises and our individual customers,” he added.

ADC is comprised of leading communications and technology companies, including CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications, and Viettel.

The cable will feature multiple pairs of high capacity optical fibers and is designed to carry more than 140 terabits per second of traffic.

“Along with PLDT’s existing international submarine cable systems, Asia Direct Cable would complement to provide further diversity and resiliency to PLDT’s international network with the capability to boost the internet and data services that it provides to its customers,” PLDT Global CEO Kat Luna-Abelarde said.