PLDT mulls plan to build new cable-landing station to improve resiliency

13 May 2014

Filipino operator Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) is considering moves to construct a new international cable-landing station to further boost network redundancy and resiliency, BusinessMirror reports. In an interview, PLDT president Napoleon L Nazareno confirmed: ‘We are still studying options for building a new international cable-landing station. We are looking if we can do it somewhere in the Visayas or in Mindanao,’ adding that the telco is actively looking for international partners for the project. PLDT, which is controlled by businessman Manuel V Pangilinan, is part of a consortium that operates cable-landing systems to deliver faster exchange of mobile services in and out of the Asia-Pacific region. As such, it is currently a member of the Asia-America Gateway, Asia Submarine Cable Express and the Asia Pacific Cable Network consortia. In addition, the carrier has approximately 85,000km of fibre-optic cables deployed across the Philippines, providing connectivity to its customers.