Eastern Communication said Wednesday it completed the cable landing station in Boracay for the $150-million Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network project, the longest undersea fiber network in the Philippines .
Eastern said the $150-million PDSCN project in partnership with Globe and InfiniVan would improve both mobile and broadband connectivity through fiber internet in previously unserved areas across the country.
This also supports the goal of the government to convert the Philippines into a more digitally-advanced nation through innovation, e-governance, and increased digital adoption among Filipinos.
“We wish to bring quality service to the business communities to help tourism emerge from the recent pandemic. Hopefully this will further fortify and cement Boracay as the destination of choice,” said Delfin Lopez, Eastern Communications’ head of network planning, engineering and implementation Division.
The project kickstarted in July 2022 in Subic, Zambales and already landed in 20 sites. After Boracay, the 2,500-kilometer submarine fiber cable network will be deployed to other areas including Camiguin, Camarines Sur, Surigao City and Zamboanga in 2023.
“The Philippines is practically being visited by almost 20 tropical cyclones a year, and this is a force of nature that we cannot control but can only prepare for. This is one of the reasons for planning this project. So we can have a redundant submarine cable network and achieve a reliable medium of communication, especially in the time for preparations and management of disasters,” said Lopez.
Eastern Communications intensified its expansion efforts to help businesses emerge stronger from the pandemic. Through its “Via Eastern: Forging True Connections” campaign, the telco held consecutive virtual launches in Bacolod City and Dumaguete City in Negros, Legazpi City, Naga City and Sorsogon City in Bicol as well as Panay.
The Via Eastern campaign is Eastern Communications’ initiative to introduce its “High Tech and High Touch” service to businesses, featuring world-class products such as connectivity, data and collaboration solutions paired with excellent customer service.
Among its key products are Internet Direct Service and Fiber1 for high-speed internet, Eastern Cyber Defense for premium cybersecurity and Eastern Cloud for work efficiency..
The company said that as part of its plan to become a one-stop shop for all connectivity and ICT demands across the country, it would continue its expansion campaign “Via Eastern” by branching out to more locations in 2023.