Philippines telco PLDT activates the US-Transpacific Jupiter cable system this month which will boost its fiber network infrastructure, which will provide greater capacity in multiple Terabits per second to customers. The cable diversity will also ensure its ability to reroute traffic in the event of undersea cable cuts.
The project, which links the country to the landing station in Daet, Camarines Norte, is expected to further enhance customer experience. Jupiter is anticipated to increase PLDT’s international capacity of 20 Terabit/s to about 60 Terabit/s in US and Japan.
“Investments on infrastructure like Jupiter allow PLDT to provide the vital connectivity that powers our digital economy, enabling us to help transform the country into a globally competitive and digitally-empowered nation,” Jojo Gendrano, PLDT and Smart FVP and Head of Enterprise Business Group. “This will fortify the Philippines’ position as the next strategic data center hub for global hyperscalers.”
Submarine fiber optic cables are among the most critical components of the internet’s infrastructure, as they serve as the global backbone connecting countries, carrying communications, and enabling e-commerce and the information age. PLDT’s investment in the Jupiter cable system increases and reinforces the capacities and the resiliency of the telco leader’s existing undersea fiber links, to deliver massive amounts of data traffic going in and out of the country to the United States.
Open cable model
Jupiter uses an “open cable model,” which allows consortium members to increase their capacities as needed by investing in technologies that boost data throughput. This means that by integrating an advanced submarine line terminal facility, PLDT can scale up Jupiter’s capacity even as global data traffic grows rapidly and exponentially.
The Jupiter Cable system is a joint project of global providers spanning 14,000 kilometers from the US West Coast, Japan, and in Daet, Camarines Norte in the Philippines. This will bring PLDT’s total number of international cabling systems to 17.
“PLDT continues to expand and invest in new international cable infrastructures to further improve the capacity and resilience of the country’s international network and continue to deliver unparalleled internet service to its customers. Jupiter is key to enhancing our cable network resilience, increasing the PLDT Group’s submarine cable route diversity, and helps assure our customers with sustained capacity availability in support of their growing demand for data and continuing digital transformation,” said Mario Tamayo, head of Technology at PLDT.