Eastern Communications budgets for expansion

28 March 2023

Eastern Communications budgeted PHP1 billion in capex to bolster operations on the islands of Visayas and Mindanao and complete a subsea cable.

The Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN) is scheduled to be completed in April and will be the longest subsea cable in the Philippines when completed, extending fibre connectivity in multiple regions. The cable will land in several locations in the coming weeks such as Liloy, Dipolog, Zamboanga del Sur, Maasin, Leyte, Mactan and Cebu. PDSCN is a US$150 million project to deploy over 2,500km of fibre optics.

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Sunwalk to deploy 100,000km fibre in Pakistan

21 March 2023

China's Sunwalk Group intends to invest US$2 billion in Pakistan's telecoms sector for the deployment of an optical fibre network that will eventually cover an area of 100,000km.

Sunwalk is a telecom and technology-based multinational private Chinese enterprise that has developed multiple telecoms and communication infrastructure projects in China and has acquired a Telecom Infrastructure Provider (TIP) license in Pakistan.

In the meeting, Pakistan's minister briefed the delegation that consultation with the Ministry of Railways and Highways Authority is ongoing regarding the right of way to laying OFC. He assured the delegation that all obstacles in this area would be removed soon.

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Vietnam needs more cables

13 February 2023

The general secretary of the Vietnam Internet Association, Vu The Binh, has reportedly said that the country needs at least two to three more undersea cable routes in the next five years to meet growing demand.

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reports that four (out of five) undersea cable routes used by Vietnamese carriers are experiencing issues that have been seriously affecting internet connection traffic from Vietnam since late January. This is the first time so many incidents have happened at the same time.

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DoT cautions MNOs against subsea cable system applications

02 February 2023

DoT cautions MNOs against subsea cable system applications

DoT cautions MNOs against subsea cable system applications

 India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has cautioned several operators for applying for authorisation to land submarine cable systems in which they hold no stakes.

According to local media, Jio, Bharti Airtel, and Sify Technologies are all seeking permission to land international cables. Under Indian law, this means that they – or a member of the associated cable’s consortium – need a valid international long distance (ILD) licence provided by the DoT.

“ILD licensees … while applying for security clearances on behalf of any entity for laying/maintaining the submarine cables, shall make sure that they have significant stake in such entities on behalf of whom they are applying for security clearances,” said the DoT in a statement.

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