The Siargao landing of the Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN) have been completed in the city of Dapa last September 22. This is after the milestone Subic cable landing last July.
For those who are not familiar, the PDSCN is a joint project of InfiniVan, a Japanese-affiliated broadband company, and the Philippines’ Globe Telecom and Eastern Communications.
The completion of the Siargao landing means that 5 of the 24 segments are now completed.
This joint project apparently costs USD150 million (around Php8.8 billion) and will span about 2,500km. Once completed, it is expected to provide reliable and ultra-fast internet connectivity across the Philippines.
It is expected that the Express and Western routes will be completed by December. It will connect Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Meanwhile, the remaining Easter routes shall be done by April 2023.
Other than providing internet to households in major islands in the Philippines, the project also aims to provide connectivity to major tourist destinations to boost tourism, as well as other industries.
InfiniVAN chief technology officer Alberto Espedido said that the fiber-optic cable that was used on the project is future-proof.
It is also worth noting that it is the biggest and longest submarine cable installation in the Philippines.
The project’s 96-core fiber cables can handle big data transfers for the next 20 to 25 years.