Telco giant PLDT said on Wednesday, July 2, that it will double its international bandwidth capacity directly to the US with the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable upgrade to 100G per wavelength technology.
?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 CEO Napoleon Nazareno said in a statement.
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.
PLDT is investing $2 million (P86 million) in the project that will double the current bandwidth capacity of the only transpacific cable that directly links Southeast Asia and the Philippines to the US Mainland.
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 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.
PLDT was also the first network operator in the Philippines to deploy 100G in its domestic fiber optic network. When it was launched in 2012, the Philippines rose in leadership position in Asia-Pacific, among only a handful of other countries in the region, to deploy 100G technology in its domestic network.
The AAG consortium consists of 19 parties providing connectivity between the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Guam, Hawaii, and the US West Coast and seamless interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, Australia, other parts of Asia and Africa and using Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to provide upgradeable, future-proof transmission facilities for telecommunications traffic.