Philippines-based PLDT Incorporated has commenced construction on the 9,400-km-long Asia Direct Cable (ADC) between Southeast and East and Asia. Work on the subsea cable network is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. The ADC will cover the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and China.

The cable network will have a minimum of 200G dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) design, allowing it to provide at least 36 TBps of additional network capacity for the delivery of hyperscale data.

The network will complement Pangilinan Group’s three landing stations in the region that are scheduled to come online over the next three years, including the Apricot cable system. Once operational, the ADC and the Apricot cable systems will increase international network capacity from the existing 60 Tbps to over 130 Tbps.