PLDT Inc. has received government approval to construct cable landing stations for its Apricot cable system. The cable system will span 12,000 kilometers and provide connections to Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Guam. It is expected to be completed by early 2025 and will increase PLDT’s international capacity to over 130 terabits per second (Tbps).
PLDT president and CEO Alfredo Panlilio stated that the Apricot cable system will enhance PLDT’s digital services for consumers and enterprises, while also attracting hyperscalers and investors to expand their cloud services in the country. Hyperscalers such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google GCP provide cloud, networking, and internet services.
In addition to the Apricot cable system, PLDT recently activated the US-Transpacific Jupiter cable system, tripling its international capacity to 60 Tbps. The company is also working on the construction of the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) system, which will connect the Philippines to several countries in Asia.
To support these fiber cable projects, PLDT is investing in data centers. It is currently building its 11th data center, VITRO Sta. Rosa, with plans to open a 12th data center in the future.
As of the first quarter, PLDT has a total fiber footprint of over 1.1 million kilometers, including both international and domestic fiber.
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