DICT inks deal with China Telecom for submarine cable link to HK, US

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has signed a joint letter of intent with China Telecoms for the use of DICT’s existing cable landing station together with the latter’s submarine cable.

In photo during the signing are (from left) DICT undersecretary John Henry Naga, DICT acting secretary Eliseo M. Rio, China Telecom chair Yang Jie, and China Telecom EVP Zhang Zhiyong

Together with Udenna Corporation and Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation, China Telecom is part of the consortium which has recently been named new major player in the telecommunications market.

The consortium aims to deliver 27mbps of broadband speed in its first year of operations.

China Telecom’s international submarine telecommunications cable will directly connect Hong Kong, the US, and the Philippines. The facility uses optical fiber technology to carry signal and digital data, including telephone and Internet traffic.

With the submarine broadband infrastructure, DICT said it hopes to ease up traffic and speed up Internet connectivity.

“This is our first step in providing the foundation for faster and cheaper Internet services for Filipinos. With this partnership, we are setting up our International Gateway Facility that is critical for world-class telecommunications services,” said Mislatel consortium spokesperson Adel Tamano.

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