Telecommunications company Eastern Communications, digital solutions platform Globe, and internet service provider InﬁniVAN launched the deployment of ﬁber cables meant to build what is touted as “the country’s longest submarine ﬁber cable network.”
The Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN), a joint project among the three companies, aims to improve both mobile and broadband connectivity and ﬁberize previously unserved areas across the country’s three main island groups.
In ceremonies at Subic Bay in Zambales, executives of Eastern Communications, Globe, InﬁniVAN, and Japanese vendor partner Kokusai Cable Ship Co. Ltd. (KCS), held a send off to the ship Cable Inﬁnity.
The ship will ferry cables that will cover the PDSCN, which has a total cable distance of roughly 2,500 kilometers or about the same distance between Manila and Singapore. It will be landing at several points across the country, including Sorsogon, Masbate, Marinduque, Camiguin, Siargao, Boracay, and Zamboanga, for undersea laying in 24 segments over the next nine months.
“What we are doing is not just for Globe, Eastern, or InﬁniVAN but for the Filipino people. Providing equitable access to mobile and internet connection in all parts of the country has been our dream, and through this cooperation, we are ﬁnally at the cusp of realizing this goal,” said Vince Tempongko, co-coordinator, Eastern Communications.
Segments for the submarine cable network are expected to be completed by April 2023, and ﬁber connections will be activated thereafter.