PLDT is set to activate its new US-Transpacific Jupiter cable system by July this year. The project, which links the country to the landing station in Daet, Camarines Norte, is expected to further enhance the customer experience.
The addition of the Jupiter cable system to PLDT’s infrastructure greatly boosts the telco’s extensive fiber network, providing greater capacity in multiple Terabits per second to customers as well as cable diversity to ensure they have the ability to re-route traffic in the event of undersea cable cuts.
Submarine fiber optic cables are among the most critical components of the internet’s infrastructure, serving 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 US.
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.
Currently already the largest among Philippine telcos, Jupiter is anticipated to increase PLDT’s international capacity of 20 Terabit/s to about 60 Terabit/s to US and Japan. These include the delivery of Cloud services, Fintech, and rich media content, which complements PLDT’s existing fixed and mobile services.
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 helping assure our customers with sustained capacity availability in support of their growing demand for data and continuing digital transformation,” said Mario G. Tamayo, Head of Technology at PLDT.
Currently, PLDT operates the country’s most extensive international submarine cable network and is set to expand further with the completion of two more major international cable systems namely Asia Direct Cable (ADC), and the APRICOT cable system set to be completed in the next two years.