PLDT invests P3.9 Billion in APRICOT cable system

To entice global hyperscalers operating in the region, PLDT Inc. is investing P3.9 billion (US$80 million) in the APRICOT undersea cable system, and the telecom announced today, August 16.

PLDT created cooperation with four other parties for the cable system, and it will be completely operational in 2024.

The APRICOT cable will increase PLDT’s network bandwidth capacity, allowing the company to serve better the country’s expanding data traffic.

It will boost PLDT’s international data traffic capacity, primarily in the United States and across Asia and the Pacific.

The 12,000-kilometer cable system will connect the Philippines to Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Guam, with a planned capacity of more than 190 Tbps.

According to PLDT and Smart Communications President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio, “we continue to invest in international submarine cable systems, which are vital infrastructure for global communications supporting ICT services.”

He said this is “in line with our ambitions to make the Philippines a vital data center hub in the region.”

According to ePLDT President and CEO Jovy I. Hernandez, SVP and Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups, “This strengthens how the Philippines connects to the rest of the globe, a huge benefit for global hyperscalers that are looking at our country for their cloud region expansion.”

The new cable system includes cutting-edge technologies such as 400G transmission and numerous pairs of high-capacity optical fibers.

It also includes a state-of-the-art submersible ROADM (reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer) based on SDM (Space Division Multiplexing) design that uses WSS (wavelength selective switch) for a grid-less and flexible bandwidth configuration.

These characteristics ensure that vast amounts of data traffic are handled efficiently, resulting in high-quality service for end-users.

PLDT Group’s fixed and wireless users, as well as its vast enterprise client base, will benefit from the APRICOT cable project.

“APRICOT is critical to strengthening network resilience because new cable landing stations will be installed as part of this undersea cable system in Luzon and Mindanao,” says Gene Sanchez, PLDT VP and International Facilities Investments Management Head.

“The cable’s path along the Philippines’ eastern coast will diversify the submarine cable route diversity in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

The APRICOT Cable project is the PLDT Group’s third international cable network system in the previous two years.

APRICOT will allow PLDT to participate in 18 international cable systems once it is completed.

PLDT previously announced a US$136.7 million investment in the Jupiter Cable project and the Asia Direct Cable system, both of which are expected to be finished by the end of 2021 and early 2023, respectively.

PLDT is currently involved in 14 international submarine cable networks and one terrestrial system that transports data in and out of the Philippines.

The Asia-America Gateway (AAG), Asia-submarine Cable Express (APCN2), and South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 3 are among the routes that pass through PLDT’s three existing cable landing stations in Batangas, Daet, and La Union.

Via: ManilaBulletin

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