PLDT prepares for Gigabit Society, invests P7B in new submarine cable system
PLDT Inc. is shelling out P7 billion in a new Trans-Pacific cable system to meet the rising data traffic and further strengthen its international cabling capacity.
“We are investing in this new cable system in anticipation of the continued explosion of data traffic over the next few years, as households and businesses in the Philippines adopt more and more digital services,” said PLDT chairman and president Manuel V Pangilinan.
“Along with our other technology initiatives, this new project will enable PLDT to gear up for the emerging ‘Gigabit Society’ where ultra-high-speed connectivity will support a wide range of bandwidth-heavy, low-latency digital applications and internet-of-things (IOT) services,” he added.
The new investment includes purchases by PLDT of complementary terminal equipment and other related facilities in the Philippines, Japan and the US.
The 14,000 kilometer long fiber optic submarine cable system dubbed Jupiter will deliver a capacity of more than 60Tbps from the Philippines to Japan and the US directly.
Slated to be online by 2020, the system will directly connect Maruyama and Shima in Japan and Los Angeles in the US to Daet, PLDT’s cable landing station in Camarines Norte.
Aside from PLDT, other companies involved in this project are Amazon, Facebook, SoftBank, PCCW Global, and NTT Communications.
“Jupiter will boost the PLDT Group’s capability to offer its customers bandwidth- heavy broadband applications that require international access like IP-based data, high-definition video content, and other multimedia and digital services,” PLDT said.