PLDT announced that it will start the construction of the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) with the goal of further increasing its international cable network.

The telco giant announced that the subsea cable will be 9,400 kilometers long and has started in Batangas. The company expects to complete the construction before the end of 2023.

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PLDT said that submarine fiber optic cables such as this are some of the most “critical components of the internet’s infrastructure” as their job is to transport big data across countries.

Once completed, PLDT claims that ADC can give an additional 36Tbps of international network capacity to deliver faster hyperscale data in East and Southeast Asia.


PLDT’s ultimate goal is to make the Philippines the next hyperscale country in the Asia Pacific.

The ADC will connect seven international cable landing points from Batangas here in the Philippines, to Tuas in Singapore, Chung Hom Kok in Hong Kong, Maruyama in Japan, Quy Nhon in Vietnam, Sri Racha in Thailand, and Shantou in China.

The ADC is a consortium that consists of big communication companies such as PLDT, China Unicom, China Telecom, Singtel, National Telecom, SoftBank Corp., Viettel Group, and Tata Communications.

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