PLDT inks deal for cable link to 17 territories

Posted at 08/21/14 8:48 PM

MANILA – Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Hong Kong-based PCCW Global has signed a deal to install a new fiber optic cable system connecting the Philippines to 17 international destinations.

PLDT president and chief executive officer Napoleon Nazareno said the 25,000-kilometer Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) Cable System aims to enhance the quality of data and internet connections for its customers through an increase in international bandwidth capacity.

The undersea cable network system will connect the Philippines to rest of Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe using 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) technology with a minimum capacity use of 10 Gbps.

“The AAE-1 Cable System will provide network diversity and resiliency which is a great enabler in delivering quality service to our customers,” Nazareno said.

Nazareno stressed the need for a highly resilient international network, saying it can endure disasters.

“This new cable system will facilitate the PLDT Group’s growth and expansion, allowing it to serve more customers not only in the country but in Europe and the Middle East as well,” he said.

The cable system, which is expected to be completed in 2016, will link the Philippines to UAE, Oman, France, Greece, Qatar, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Djibouti, Cambodia, Thailand, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and India.

“AAE-1 will boost our country’s global competitiveness by being one of the significant factors that could attract investors in business process outsourcing industries (BPOs) and other enterprises,” Nazareno said.

“It will also allow the PLDT Group to offer products and services, such as enterprise data and internet services to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” he added.

PLDT will fund the cable system through its P32 billion capital expenditure program this year.

PCCW Global has operations in 130 countries and has regional centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia, Paris, London, Gosselies, Johannesburg, Dubai, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and Singapore.