ASE Cable Proceeds in Philippines

Lack of bandwidth is a problem in many developing countries, including the Philippines, as I’ve written before. Now comes word that about 100 gigabytes-per-second capacity has been added to the Philippines, with completion of the country’s portion of a cable that will reach many countries in Southeast Asia.
The country’s dominant telco, Philippines Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), has invested US$50 million in the project, which is known as the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE). The ASE is expected to come into full service in Q3 of this year. Original cost estimates for the entire project were US$300 million – PLDT describes it as a US$500-million project in its latest official information.

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