Construction of the 9,400-kilometer submarine cable will begin in the Philippines, with completion of all landing links set for late 2023. Upon completion, ADC will connect seven international cable landing points in East and Southeast Asia, from Batangas, Philippines to Tuas, Singapore; Tjoeng Hom Kok, Hong Kong; Maruyama, Japan; Qui Nhon, Vietnam; Sri Racha, Thailand; and Shantou, mainland China.
“Together with PLDT’s existing international submarine cable systems, the Asia Direct cable will boost and diversify the Philippines’ connectivity in the Asian region,” said Al S. Panlilio, President & CEO of PLDT.
“ADC will not only strengthen PLDT’s global network, but will also further promote digitization and the country’s growing digital economy,” added Panlilio.
ADC will feature a DWDM system of at least 200G per wavelength design, which will significantly increase PLDT’s network bandwidth as it moves in and out of the country. Once fully equipped, this PLDT will provide additional international network capacity of at least 36 Tbps for faster delivery of hyperscale data in East and Southeast Asia.
“The Asia Direct cable will greatly enhance PLDT’s mission to make the Philippines the next hyperscaler destination in Asia Pacific. This investment reinforces our commitment to enhancing the hyperscale ecosystem of connected digital infrastructures, such as data centers, submarine cables, domestic fiber optic network, 5G, cloud and IoTsaid PLDT SVP and Head of Enterprise Business Group, Jojo G. Gendrano.
ADC and the recently activated Jupiter cable system will send global data directly to and from VITRO Sta. Rosa and the rest of PLDT’s data center facilities across the country, reinforcing the Philippines’ advantage as a strategic digital hub in the region.
ADC is a global consortium of leading technology companies including PLDT, China Telecom, China Unicom, National Telecom, Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Vitel Group.
The upcoming ADC and Apricot cable systems will increase PLDT’s international submarine cable systems to 19 and, once fully deployed, will expand the current 60 Tbps international network capacity to more than 130 Tbps. Together with the most extensive fiber optic cable infrastructure and the largest data center network in the archipelago, PLDT’s network remains unrivaled in the Philippines.