After completing its $400 million Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) project, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has strengthened its network link to Hong Kong, which is second only to the US as a vital international point for enterprise, Internet Protocol (IP) networking and internet traffic.
The undertaking increased PLDT’s bandwidth capacity by more than half, enabling 250Gbps (Gigabits per second) of seamless connection to Hong Kong.
The addition of Hong Kong completes the 7,800-kilometer ASE system which spans across Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong and links the Philippines through PLDT’s new third landing station in Daet, Camarines Norte.
The ASE system can still be expanded to other Asian countries like China, Vietnam, and Indonesia. It also provides interconnection to other major cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East, and the US.
PLDT partnered with Asia’s biggest telecoms firms – Japan’s NTTCom, Malaysia’s Telekom Malaysia and Singapore’s StarHub – to form the ASE consortium and invested about $55 million in the ASE project.
“Our partnership in the ASE cable system increased our network’s capacity in meeting the growing demand for bandwidth capacity with the increase of data-capable devices,” PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno explained.
Furthermore, “The project gives our subscribers the fastest and most reliable connections to their loved ones in Hong Kong,” he added.
The technology can be upgraded as the demand for bandwidth increases or as needed.
“The ASE project addresses the fast growing demand for bandwidth as well as network resiliency of enterprises and consumers in the country,” reiterated PLDT VP and International Network Group Head Genaro Sanchez.
Hence, “It is positioned, to support future bandwidth-intensive applications and next-generation technologies for the PLDT Group.”