PLDT part of group to build trans-Pacific cable network

5 Jun 2006

Philippines Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT) has announced that it has joined a consortium that will build an undersea cable link between southeast Asia and the US, saying the project would help ‘satisfy the need for more bandwidth speed of Filipino internet users,’ among others. The consortium includes PLDT, AiTi of Brunei Darussalam, CAT Telecom (Thailand), REACH (Hong Kong), StarHub (Singapore), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia) and VNPT (Vietnam). The system, to be called the Asia-America Gateway, will link Malaysia and the US via Hong Kong, the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii, with branches into Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam.