Manila Bulletin

Converge investing ₱5 billion in trans-Pacific Bifrost Cable System


Local fiber broadband provider Converge Informatio­n & Communicat­ions Technology Solutions, Inc. (Converge) is investing US$100 million (around ₱5 billion) into the Bifrost Cable System, in a partnershi­p with Keppel Telecommun­ications & Transporta­tion’s (Keppel T&T), wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd. (KMH).

Keppel T&T just signed a binding term sheet allowing Converge to use the Bifrost Cable System linking Singapore and North America and develop a branch to Davao.

Specifical­ly, Keppel T&T will grant Converge an Indefeasib­le Right of Use (IRU) for one fiber pair on the main trunk of the Bifrost Cable System.

In addition, KMH and Converge will jointly develop a branch on the Bifrost Cable System that will land in Davao.

Converge will likewise be granted an IRU on the entire Davao branch to boost internet speeds and network diversity for local businesses and consumers.

To be jointly owned and developed with Keppel T&T’s partners, the Bifrost Cable System, will be the largest capacity high-speed transmissi­on cable across the Pacific Ocean when completed in three years.

Expected to be completed in 2024 and spanning over 15,000 km, the Bifrost Cable System is the world’s first subsea cable system that directly connects Singapore to the west coast of North America via Indonesia through the Java Sea and Celebes Sea.

It will connect Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippine­s, Guam, and the west coast of North America.

“We are pleased to partner Converge through Bifrost, which is a significan­t transnatio­nal infrastruc­ture project, enhancing the inter-connectivi­ty between ASEAN countries,” remarked Keppel T&T CEO Thomas Pang.

“Through this partnershi­p, we will be able to accelerate the growth of our connectivi­ty platform, which is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, as well as explore synergies with not only Keppel’s data centers, but also Converge’s data center business,” he elaborated.

“This is an important milestone not just for Converge but also for the Philippine­s as we expect to experience faster internet speeds and greater resiliency within our fast-growing fiber network with the completion of this project,” according to Converge CEO Dennis Anthony Uy.

“Our investment into one full fiber pair, connecting us to Singapore and the west coast of North America, will allow us to independen­tly activate at will up to 15Tbps of capacity to either country using the latest technology,” he elaborated.

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