Wednesday, July 19, 2023

PLDT secures NTC nod for Apricot cable landing sites construction in Baler and Davao

PLDT reinforces its undisputed leadership as the country’s leading telco provider as it secures from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) the provisional authority to construct two new cable landing stations in the country that will host the Apricot cable system, the latest Intra-Asia submarine cable strategically facing the Pacific side of the Philippines.

The construction of the cable landing stations in Baler, Aurora in the North East, and in Digos, Davao in the Southern coastal borders of the country provides telco carriers new alternate routes which do not traverse the usual West Philippine Sea waters. 

Targeted to be completed by early 2025, these new cable landing facilities will further fortify PLDT’s international cable network to deliver higher speeds, lower latency connectivity in and out of the Philippines, and add resiliency to its existing landing stations in Batangas, La Union, and Daet.

“The Apricot cable system’s route ensures a significantly higher resilience. When our Baler and Davao cable landing stations are completed, PLDT will have alternate sites facing the Pacific, making it easier to hook up to data offices in the US,” said PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio.

The completion of the Apricot cable system by early 2025 will further augment PLDT's international capacity for data traffic – particularly to the US and across Asia and the Pacific – and raise PLDT’s total international capacity to more than 140Tbps once fully equipped. The 12,000-kilometer-long cable system will connect the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Guam. 

“As we help position the Philippines as the new hyperscaler destination and major transit hub in Asia, we continue to upgrade and build on the foundations of PLDT’s global network infrastructure. These investments enable us to provide superior digital services to our consumer and enterprise customers, deliver newer technologies with our 4G, & 5G capabilities, and add value for attracting hyperscalers and investors to expand their cloud in the country,” Panlilio added.

The PLDT Group continues to support the government’s digitalization efforts, to help drive the growth for a strong digital economy and empower the digital transformation of the country.

As of end-March 2023, PLDT had expanded its total fiber footprint to over 1.1 million kilometers, consisting of over 231,000 kilometers of international fiber and over 874,000 kilometers of domestic fiber.

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