Philippine giants Globe Telecom and DITO Telecommunity are partnering up with international telcos to build a subsea cable system in Southeast Asia.
Globe and DITO are teaming up with China Telecom Global Limited, Unified National Networks of Brunei Darussalam, and Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) Limited. This consortium aims to build the Asia Link Cable (ALC).
The consortium will be investing USD300 million (around Php17.2 billion) to construct the ALC, which will be 6,000 kilometers long and will connect Hong Kong SAR China and Singapore as its trunk and will have branches in Hainan, China; Brunei Darussalam; and of course, the Philippines.
As per Globe, the ALC will provide additional hyper-capacity in Asia and will improve resiliency for international data traffic.
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Alan Tan, ALC co-chair and also from Singtel, said that they started the planning and designing stage of the cable more than 2 years ago.
He added that the ALC project began as they have “anticipated the inevitable growth in high-definition content consumption, trade and innovation in this region.”
The ALC submarine cable is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2025.