Telco to build P1.3-B Clark back-up data center

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Leading telecommunications firm Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is building a data back-up center worth P1.3 billion inside the Clark Freeport in Angeles city in Pampanga province, aiming to maintain seamless connectivity in the event of a major disaster in the country.

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Due for completion by March next year, the building will have 1,200 racks of data, with the building designed in a way that can withstand an intensity-9 earthquake, including floods, fire, storm and other disasters, according to a report submitted recently by PLDT’s VITRO Clark Manager Lito Mercado to Clark Development Corp. (CDC) President Arthur Tugade.

PLDT has installed about 80 kilometers of fiber optic cables inside the Freeport, which will be essential to many aspects of business operations for online transactions, internet-based commerce, logistics support, aviation, security and many other similar enterprises which are dependent on online connectivity, the report said.

The data center will cater to the growing number of Information Technology hubs not only in the Freeport but throughout the archipelago, as well as other countries.

The CDC has put up the Clark Integrated Command Center in compliance with requirements set during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Ministers’ Meeting early this year.

The Command Center is vital to peace and order, making use of fiber optics to maintain the stability of video signals emanating from various points within the Freeport, the report said.

The high-tech facility is part of the management’s long-term plan, to address security and to make the Freeport a safer place for locators, tourists, workers and residents, it added.

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