PLDT Inc. officially powered up the US-Transpacific Jupiter Cable system, the Philippines’ fastest, direct data cable link to the US and Japan. This new cable system would enormously improve the country’s international data capacity and provide the digital infrastructure needed to further stimulate the country’s economic growth.
At the event held at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City, PLDT celebrated the activation of the country’s link to the newest international undersea cable with some of the top firms from the country’s major industries, and senior officials from the government, and diplomatic allies.
“The PLDT Group takes pleasure in driving our nation’s digital growth, made possible via dynamic synergies with government and private sector partners,” PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio said as he acknowledged event guests.
Attendees included the Chairman of PLDT, Manuel V. Pangilinan, as well as the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Atty. Ivan V. Ignacio. John E. Uy, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry Alfredo E. Pascual, Ambassador of Japan Koshikawa Kazuhiko, Ambassador of the United States MaryKay Loss Carlson, and NTT Senior Vice President and Head of Global Business Hideaki Ozaki were in attendance. The event was also attended by major partners from the corporate business unit PLDT Enterprise, the information and communications technology arm of PLDT, and the international business unit PLDT Global Corporation.
The newest international gateway is the 14,000-kilometer Jupiter Cable system, which connects the Philippines to Japan and the West Coast of the United States straight from PLDT’s cable landing station in Daet, which is located in the province of Camarines Norte. PLDT’s investment in Jupiter is a response to the rapidly growing demands for digital services and next-generation technologies. It also provides support for data-driven industries, especially those with global operations and high-bandwidth demands, such as business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, multinational corporations, and global hyperscalers.
“Our investment in Jupiter will exponentially boost the Philippines’ international capacity, ramp up the global trade of digital services, and propel the nation’s digital economy, while increasing internet speed and reliability for Filipinos,” Panlilio explained.
Already ahead in terms of international capacities among Philippine telcos, Jupiter will triple PLDT’s international capacity to about 60 Terabit/s, further cementing its lead in the industry and reinforcing its commitment to driving the country’s digital capabilities forward. “PLDT is committed to powering the digital future of the Philippines, and all our efforts align with the larger Mission across our Group: To empower Filipinos everywhere through digital innovations that unlock and share their infinite potential,” Panlilio added.
Fiber optic cables laid beneath the ocean serve as the backbone of the internet’s infrastructure, linking nations, delivering communications, and enabling digital services to be provided throughout the world. They are one of the most important components of the internet’s architecture. It is imperative that undersea cable links be strengthened, particularly those that land in the United States and Japan. This is due to the fact that the majority of the internet content and services that Filipinos access, which are primarily provided by global hyperscalers, come from servers located in the United States, while a significant portion of the demand for content is met by Japan.
It is anticipated that the capacity provided by Jupiter, along with a healthy investment climate, robust information and communications technology (ICT) capabilities, and an available local data center infrastructure, will assist in promoting the Philippines to global hyperscalers and positioning the country as the new digital hub in the Asia-Pacific region.
“This milestone immensely strengthens our thrust in helping us position the Philippines as the next hyperscaler hub of Asia-Pacific and enriching the country’s Hyperscale Ecosystem,” said PLDT and Smart FVP and Head of Enterprise Business Group Jojo G. Gendrano.
“It will also enable us to increase international capacity into our data centers — now a major component of the country’s digital ecosystem — and enhance the attractiveness of the country as an investment destination. Our network of VITRO data centers, with our newest to be built in Sta. Rosa, readies the country to service and drive this rising industry,” he added.
The completion of the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) and the APRICOT cable system, both of which are expected to be finished within the next two years, would allow PLDT to significantly extend its worldwide presence. Currently, PLDT has considerable involvement in 16 international submarine cable networks. In addition to providing power to urban and regional businesses and communities, it connects all islands in the archipelago to the internet via its 803,000 km-long fiber optic network.