PLDT Inc. Invested P7-Billion in the Jupiter cable system to leverage its international bandwidth capacity, which is expected to complete by the end of 2021 if there would be no further delays due to the pandemic.
The subsea system could increase its international capacity close to 60 Terabits from the current 10 Tbps.
The Jupiter submarine cable will employ at least 400 Gbps wavelength division multiplex transmission technology to connect landing points in Japan, Philippines, and the US, PLDT said.
“This further investment in subsea cables, along with the expansion of other physical infrastructures such as network towers and 5G sites, secures the future of our country in this increasingly digital world,” PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart Communications President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio said.
The cable system will strengthen PLDT’s digital services including 5G-powered technologies, Internet of Things (IoT) and existing fixed and mobile services, it said.
PLDT said it currently has “extensive participation in 14 international submarine cable systems and one terrestrial system carrying data traffic in and out of the country.
Bandwidth requirements in the Philippines have risen as a result of increased demand from those working from home and students participating in online learning.