PLDT allots P500 M for new int’l cable link
PLDT Inc. is investing P500 million for a new international cable link connecting the Philippines to Asia, Africa and Europe, which will open within the year.
In a statement, PLDT said it is spending an initial P500 million for the 25,000-kilometer Asia-Africa-Europe 1 Submarine Cable System (AAE-1) through a partner in the consortium.
The submarine cable system linking Asia, Africa and Europe would be launched before the end of the year.
“The AAE-1 cable system will further reinforce the resiliency of PLDT’s overseas links, expand the capacity and enhance the quality of our data and internet connections. This will enable us to deliver even higher quality service to our customers,” Kat LunaAbelarde, PLDT first vice president and head of international and carrier business and president and chief executive officer of PLDT Global Corp., said.
Abelarde said the cable system would enable the telco to accelerate its digital pivot and expansion by serving more customers not only in the country, but in the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe as well.
The AAE-1 cable system, in tandem with the other international cable systems that land in the Philippines, will connect the country to 19 international destina- tions – Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Yemen, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.
“AAE-1 will further enhance the PLDT Group’s capability to offer its customers the latest bandwidth-heavy broadband applications that require international access, such as IP-based data, external video content, and other multimedia services," Abelarde said.
Gene Sanchez, PLDT international network vice president, said the AAE-1 would allow the PLDT Group to increase its capacity.
“With AAE-1, the PLDT Group’s total international capacity will be over four Terabits per second (Tbps), significantly greater than that of the competition, further underscoring the superiority of the PLDT network,” Sanchez said.
The AAE-1 is part of PLDT’s global network of 15 international cable systems.
At present, four of the international cable systems of the PLDT Group land in the Philippines. These are the Asia SubmarineCable Express with a landing station located in Daet, Camarines Norte; the Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 and the Southeast AsiaMiddle East-West Europe 3 both landing in Nasugbu, Batangas; and the Asia-America Gateway that lands in Bauang, La Union.