PLDT gets NTC nod to build cable landing sites

Telco provider PLDT secures the provisional authority to construct two new cable landing stations in the country that will host the Apricot cable system from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Apricot Cable is the newest Intra-Asia submarine cable strategically facing the Pacific side of the Philippines. The construction of the cable landing stations in Baler, Aurora in the North East, and in Digos, Davao in the Southern coastal borders of the country provides telco carriers new alternate routes which do not traverse the usual West Philippine Sea waters.  

Targeted to be completed by early 2025, these new cable landing facilities will further boost PLDT’s international cable network to deliver higher speeds, lower latency connectivity in and out of the Philippines, and add resiliency to its existing landing stations in Batangas, La Union, and Daet.  

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The completion of the Apricot cable system by end of 2025 will further augment PLDT’s international capacity for data traffic, particularly to the United States and across Asia and the Pacific. The 12,000-kilometer-long cable system will connect the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Guam. 

 “These investments enable us to provide superior digital services to our consumer and enterprise customers, deliver newer technologies with our 4G, & 5G capabilities, and add value for attracting hyperscalers and investors to expand their cloud in the country,” said Alfred Panlilio, president and CEO of PLDT and Smart.