PLDT al­lots P500 M for new int’l ca­ble link

The Philippine Star - - BUSINESS - LOUELLA DESIDERIO

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.

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