PLDT has successfully activated the US-Transpacific Jupiter Cable system.

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PLDT has successfully activated the US-Transpacific Jupiter Cable system.

The US-Transpacific Jupiter Cable system, the Philippines' fastest direct data cable link to the US and Japan, was formally launched by PLDT Inc. This most recent cable system will significantly increase the nation's ability to transmit data internationally and improve the digital infrastructure required to further accelerate the economy of the nation.

PLDT has successfully activated the US-Transpacific Jupiter Cable system.
PLDT has successfully activated the US-Transpacific Jupiter Cable system.

With some of the top companies from the nation's major industries, important government officials, and diplomatic allies, PLDT celebrated the activation of the country's link to the newest international submarine cable at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City. As he welcomed attendees, PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio remarked, "The PLDT Group takes pleasure in leading our country's digital growth, made possible by dynamic synergies with government and private sector partners."

PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan and Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Atty. John E. Uy, Alfredo E. Pascual, secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Koshikawa Kazuhiko, ambassador of Japan, MaryKay Loss Carlson, and Hideaki Ozaki, senior vice president and head of NTT's global business. There were also prominent representatives from the corporate business unit PLDT Enterprise, its ICT division ePLDT, and the foreign business unit PLDT Global Corporation.

The Philippines' newest international gateway, the 14,000-kilometer Jupiter Cable system, connects Japan and the US West Coast straight from PLDT's cable landing station in Daet, Camarines Norte. The PLDT investment in Jupiter responds to the rapidly expanding demand for next-generation technologies and digital services, and it supports data-driven industries, particularly those with international operations and high bandwidth requirements, such as BPOs, multinationals, and global hyperscalers.

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According to Panlilio, "Our investment in Jupiter would enormously improve the Philippines' international capacity, ramp up the worldwide commerce of digital services, and accelerate the nation's digital economy, while also enhancing internet speed and reliability for Filipinos."

With Jupiter, PLDT, which already leads the Philippine telcos in terms of international capacities, will treble that capacity to around 60 Terabit/s, further solidifying its position as a market leader and reaffirming its commitment to advancing the nation's digital capabilities. "PLDT is committed to enabling the Philippines' digital future, and all of our initiatives are in line with the Group's overall Mission: To enable Filipinos everywhere by leveraging digital technologies that unleash and share their limitless potential," Panlilio continued.

One of the most important parts of the internet's infrastructure, submarine fiber optic cables connect nations, convey messages, and enable digital services all around the world. It is essential to strengthening underwater cable links, particularly those landing in the US and Japan, as the majority of the internet services and content that Filipinos access are provided by global hyperscalers from US servers, while a sizeable chunk of content demand is met via Japan.

Jupiter's capacity is anticipated to aid in positioning the Philippines as the new digital hub in the Asia-Pacific region, together with a healthy investment climate, strong ICT capabilities, and accessible local data center infrastructure.

Jojo G. Gendrano, PLDT and Smart FVP and Head of Enterprise Business Group, remarked, "This milestone greatly enhances our drive in helping us establish the Philippines as the next hyperscaler hub of Asia-Pacific and enhancing the country's Hyperscale Ecosystem."

Additionally, it will help us expand the international capacity into our data centers, which are already a significant part of the nation's digital ecosystem, and it will make the nation more appealing as a location for investments. Our network of VITRO data centers, including the newest one under construction in Sta. Rosa, prepares the nation to support and propel this expanding industry, he continued.

The completion of two other significant international cable systems, namely Asia Direct Cable (ADC) and the APRICOT cable system, anticipated to be completed in the next two years, will allow PLDT to significantly increase its participation in 16 international submarine cable networks. It also runs the largest fiber optic network among regional ISPs, with 803,000 kilometers connecting all of the islands in the archipelago and supplying local economies and communities in the cities and regions with fiber access.

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