PLDT installs submarine cable connecting Visayas and Mindanao

By Ercel Maandig

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Jan. 22 (PNA) -– The Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT), the country’s premier telecommunications company, recently completed the ambitious P 400 million submarine optic cable linking Mindanao to the Visayas, a PDLT senior official said Wednesday.

Rolando Pena, head of PLDT’s technology group, said that the more than 150 kilometer digital fiber optic network loop successfully linked Bohol to the main network backbones in Cebu City in Visayas and Cagayan de Oro City in Mindanao.

Pena said that the Bohol Digital Fiber Optic Network project creates a third leg within the Visayas and Mindanao loop that will assure bandwidth heavy industries in Bohol and Cagayan de Oro a more resilient network.

The state-of-the-art communications link will definitely boost the tourism potentials and perk up economic development in Bohol and Cagayan de Oro City and other cities and nearby provinces in Mindanao as more investors would be encouraged to come to these areas, Pena said.

He said that the Visayas line stretches about 53 kilometers from Mactan in Cebu City to the municipal town of Loon in Bohol while the southern portion runs over 97 kilometers from Garcia Hernandez, also in Bohol to the municipal town of Kinoguitan in Misamis Oriental in Mindanao.

The links connect PLDT’s domestic fiber optic network via inland fiber optic cables to Cebu in the country’s northern part in Cagayan de Oro City in the country’s southern part. (PNA)