MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Incorporated inked another collaboration deal with Japan’s NTT Communications Corporation to strengthen its international coverage with 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) connectivity.
The 100-Gbps connectivity “powered by NTT Communication’s Tier 1 Global IP backbone… will help PLDT improve Internet speed for both individual and enterprise customers,” the Manuel V. Pangilinan-led telco said in a statement.
PLDT said this partnership deal will result in “high-capacity Internet protocol connectivity covering Asia, North America, Europe, and Oceania.” (READ: PLDT bets on Mindanao’s sunny outlook)
In 2013 and 2014, NTT Communications deployed the world’s first 100Gbps digital coherent technology on its transpacific submarine cable system PC-1 and Asia Submarine-Cable Express.
With the 100Gbps ultra-bandwidth connectivity, PLDT said it will be able to handle traffic bursts and scale up faster to accommodate subscriber demands. (READ: PLDT, Globe sign IP peering after 6 years)
“Higher speeds translate to faster data transmission and thus, improved efficiencies for PLDT and its customers,” Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of PLDT, said in a statement on Sunday, July 31.
“Coupled with PLDT’s initiatives to expand and upgrade its access and transport networks, this network infrastructure enhancement will definitely help PLDT improve internet services in the Philippines,” he added.
The NTT Group has been a strategic partner of PLDT since 2000, with NTT Docomo and NTT Communications owning approximately 20% of PLDT’s outstanding common stock as of end-June 2016.
New Makati data center opened
Last Thursday, July 28, PLDT also opened the doors of its P3-billion data center in Makati City, the country’s largest facility so far, serving nearby organizations, particularly those handling big data such as banks, business process outsourcing (BPO) firms, information technology (IT) companies, and government institutions.
PLDT’s newest data center sits on a nearly two-hectare property in Makati City, with 3,600 rack capacity.
The PLDT group now operates 7 data centers in the country, with a total rack capacity of nearly 7,000. – Rappler.com