Local operator PLDT said it has hooked up with Japanese partner NTT Communications to boost its global broadband network with 100 gigabit-per-second (100Gbps) connectivity.
The ultra-high capacity bandwidth is expected to help PLDT improve internet speed for both individual and enterprise customers.
According to global statistics reports, the Philippines along with the rest of Asia has seen an upsurge in demand for international bandwidth, with a significant 300% growth over the last four years.
With the 100Gbps ultra-bandwidth connectivity, PLDT will be able to handle traffic bursts and scale-up faster to accommodate subscriber demands, the company said.
?Higher speeds translate to faster data transmission and thus, improve efficiencies for PLDT and its customers,? Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of PLDT, said.
?Coupled with PLDT?s initiatives to expand and upgrade its access and transport networks, this network infrastructure enhancement will definitely help PLDT improve internet services in the Philippines.?
Backed by Tier 1 IP backbone, NTT Com Global IP Network Service provides high-speed, high-capacity IP connectivity covering Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania.
NTT Com deployed the world?s first 100Gbps digital coherent technology on the company?s transpacific submarine cable system PC-1 and Asia Submarine-Cable Express (ASE) in 2013 and 2014, respectively, to support the growing high-bandwidth data demand globally.
The NTT Group has been a strategic partner of PLDT since 2000 with NTT Docomo and NTT Com owning approximately 20% of PLDT?s outstanding common stock as of end-June 2016.
?We chose NTT Com because of our long-standing strategic partnership that goes back many years. NTT Com has been a leader in the global telecoms space, having made significant investments in network infrastructure and the delivery of highly reliable services,? noted Pangilinan.
Hideaki Ozaki, president and CEO of NTT Com, said the enhanced connectivity for PLDT will largely increase its capacity in handling the anticipated massive explosion of data driven by the rise of disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, IoT, and video streaming.
?In this increasingly connected world, bandwidth has become a critical accelerator for business and individuals, which is the reason why we continually invest in upgrading our network technology and infrastructure,? said Ozaki.