PLDT to spend $2-M to boost PH-US cable link

Posted at 07/02/14 5:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is contributing $2 million to double the bandwidth capacity of a cable system linking the Philippines directly to the US.

The $500 million cable system, called the Asia-America Gateway, is an undersea cable that PLDT owns together with 18 other telecommunications firms linking Southeast Asia with the US.

According to PLDT president and chief executive officer Napoleon Nazareno, the upgrade to the 100G per wavelength technology will allow PLDT to support more industry requirements and enhance customer experience.

"With the deployment of 100G technology in this international link, we will be able to extract more capacity out of our existing fiber cables and support the delivery of high-bandwidth services and applications. This will give our customers the benefits of a much faster and resilient global transport network," he said.

In 2012, PLDT became the country’s first telco provider to deploy 100G in its domestic fiber optic network.

The Pangilinan-led firm is the lead investor in the AAG consortium, which consists of 19 parties providing connectivity between the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, Guam, Hawaii and the US West Coast, and seamless interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, Australia, other parts of Asia and Africa.

The 20,000-kilometer AAG cable is PLDT's fourth international cable link to upgrade to 100G technology.

Nazareno said the PLDT Group is investing in upgrading its facilities to meet the increasing demand in data and multimedia services.

For 2014, the PLDT Group has allotted P32 billion for its capital expenditures.