• PLDT invests $2 million in cable project

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    Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is investing $2 million in the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) Cable System project that seeks to double the current bandwidth capacity of the only transpacific cable that directly links Southeast Asia and the Philippines to the US mainland.

    “With the deployment of 100G technology in this international link, we will be able to extract more capacity out of our existing fiber cables and support the delivery of high-bandwidth services and applications.

    This will give our customers the benefits of a much faster and resilient global transport network,” PLDT President and Chief Executive Officer Napoleon Nazareno said in a statement.

    PLDT was a lead investor in the build-out of the AAG Cable System, running 20,000 kilometers of high-bandwidth optical fiber linking Southeast Asia directly to the US for a total cost of $500 million, of which $50 million represents PLDT’s share.

    The company will double its international bandwidth capacity directly to the US with the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable upgrade to 100G per wavelength technology, the statement said.

    PLDT said that the incremental capacity from this project will allow the company to support more industry requirements and enhance the quality.

    The PLDT Group has heavily invested in fortifying its facilities to meet the surge in data and multimedia services running through its network.

    By the end of 2014, PLDT’s fiber assets will have an additional 15,000 kilometers of new fiber optic cable facilities with an estimated investment of over P1 billion to reach nearly 100,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables laid out to meet the surge of expected data traffic, more than four times than competition.

    “Attuning to globalization and meeting world standards, we’ve readied our network not only in our domestic capacity but also in our international links to better future-proof PLDT in the foreseen surge of more intensive and bandwidth-hungry services, particularly to and from the US,” PLDT Technology Group Head Rolando Pena added.

    PLDT leads the country among providers with the most number of international cables as well as landing stations that greatly contribute to the flow of bandwidth traffic going in and out of the country.

    The AAG cable is PLDT’s fourth international cable link to upgrade to 100G technology with the Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) and the Japan-US Cable system (JUCN) already in 100G, while the Asia Submarine Cable Express (ASE) 100G upgrade is ongoing.

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