Jupiter Cable Will Be In-Service Next Month

PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) will switch on its United States-Transpacific Jupiter cable system next month, boosting the phone giant’s extensive fiber network.By Lenie Lecture, Business Mirror
June 27, 2022

PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) will switch on its United States-Transpacific Jupiter cable system next month, boosting the phone giant’s extensive fiber network.

The project, which links the country to the landing station in Daet, Camarines Norte, is expected to provide greater capacity in multiple Terabits per second to customers as well as cable diversity to ensure ability to re-route traffic in the event of undersea cable cuts.

“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,” PLDT and Smart First Vice President and Head of Enterprise Business Group Jojo G. Gendrano said.

“Specifically, this will fortify the Philippines’ position as the next strategic data center hub for global hyperscalers.”

Submarine fiber optic cables serve as the global backbone connecting countries. 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, PLDT explained.

“This means that by integrating advanced submarine line terminal facility, PLDT can scale up Jupiter’s capacity even as global data traffic grows rapidly and exponentially.”

Jupiter is anticipated to increase PLDT’s international capacity of 20 Terabit/s to about 60 Terabit/s to US and Japan further establishing its lead, and ready to scale with the growing demands of digital services. These include the delivery of Cloud services, Fintech, and rich media content, which seamlessly complements PLDT’s existing fixed and mobile services.

“It will also enable us to increase international capacity into our data centers—now a major component of the country’s digital ecosystem—and enhance the attractiveness of the country as an investment destination.

Moreover, it will allow us to uplift the infrastructure we provide to BPO’s to support their hyper-connectivity requirements, not only in Metro Manila but also in other parts of the country.

Lastly, Jupiter will help us support and deliver more advanced digital services such as the increasing adoption of Cloud services and the roll out of 5G for the benefit of our customers,” added Gendrano.

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.

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