Converge starts work on trans-Pacific subsea cable system
Converge ICT Solutions Inc. has started the construction of a cable landing station in Davao, which is part of the 15,000-kilometer (km) trans-Pacific Bifrost Cable System, as it beefs up internet capacity to address consumers’ increasing data requirements.
In a statement on Thursday, the listed internet service provider announced the inauguration of the site where the facility would be built.
The 745-square meter (sqm), one-level cable landing station sits on a 8,000-sqm lot.
The Bifrost project, Converge’s venture with Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd., will connect the Philippines to Singapore, Indonesia, Guam and the west coast of North America. Expected to go live by 2024, the submarine cable has a design capacity of up to 15 terabits per second.
“The Philippine branch of the Bifrost Cable System will be landing here in Davao and as such, we’ll be bringing in the capacity and bandwidth of Bifrost to our domestic networks,” Converge CEO and co-founder Dennis Anthony Uy said.
Such an infrastructure enables real-time access to business and consumer applications, social media, videos and other online content, Converge noted.
“Our investment in this land-based infrastructure is in line with our goal to make the Philippines a digital hub in Asia. Our country is in a prime location in the center of the region for intra and inter-Asian connectivity, so that’s why we are investing in different submarine cables,” Converge chief operations officer Jesus Romero said.
Converge is also part of the South East Asia Hainan-Hong Kong Express Cable System project.
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