PLDT bolsters international cable capacity to 4.497 Terabits
PLDT Inc. is expanding its international cable system capacity to 4.497 Terabits per second by the end of the year to meet the the strong demand for internet.
This represents an increase of close to 140 percent in capacity from end-2015, when total capacity stood at 1.889 Tbps.
PLDT expects to increase this further to 8,413 Tbps by the end of 2019.
“The build-up of our international cable system capacity is in step with the ongoing expansion of our domestic fiber transmission network. These two efforts support both our fiber to the home last-mile access and our mobile data networks. As a result, we will progressively be able to provide higher levels of internet service to more areas of the country,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT and Smart senior vice president and head of Network Planning and Engineering.
Thia forms part of PLDT’s P7-billion investment in the new Trans-Pacific cable system called “Jupiter” which will further boost the capacity and resiliency of its direct undersea fiber links to the United States and Japan.
The new cable system is being built by a consortium of global companies that include Amazon, Facebook, SoftBank, PCCW Global and NTT Communications.
With a total length of about 14,000 kilometers, it can deliver a capacity of more than 60 Tbps from the Philippines directly to the United States and Japan and will be ready for service in early 2020.