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Wednesday, 8.02.2023
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Broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. has committed to improve internet connectivity in Davao City by linking it to an international cable system that will be activated in 2024.

Converge CEO and co-founder Dennis Anthony Uy said his company would boost and expand its network infrastructure in Davao to support its push to become a digital city.

Uy told Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte that Converge would keep on investing in Davao City, especially as the firm builds up its international bandwidth.

Last year Converge signed an agreement with Singapore-based Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd. to participate in the Bifrost cable system. Converge, for its part, will invest around P5 billion to hook up to Bifrost that will connect Singapore to North America upon completion in 2024.

“We are one with Davao City in its aspiration to become a smart city. As host to our international cable landing station for the Bifrost cable system, the city and whole province will have a direct access to world-class connectivity,” Uy said.

Under the agreement, Converge and Keppel Midgard will work together on developing a branch of the Bifrost that will land in Davao City.

With Converge receiving the indefeasible right of use for Davao, the Internet provider is tasked to serve as the landing party for the segment that will be laid down in the city.

“The additional Davao branch for the Bifrost Cable System will significantly increase the Internet speeds, as well as the network diversity, for businesses and consumers in the Philippines for a better digital experience,” Uy said.

The Bifrost cable system provides Converge access to two international links: one in Singapore and another in North America. Bifrost promises a design capacity of 15 terabits per second each way, augmenting Converge’s international network to the benefit of its subscribers.

Bifrost is scheduled to be completed in 2024 and is slated to span more than 15,000 kilometers. It is considered as the first subsea cable system that connects Singapore to North America via Indonesia through the Java Sea and Celebes Sea.

The cable system is also banked on to improve connectivity of governments and businesses in Asia and the Pacific, particularly cloud operators, network providers and telco players.

For Converge, Bifrost widens its international network that presently consists of access to seven international cable systems in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, as well as in the US.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Elijah Felice Rosales

Quelle/Source: The Philippine Star, 06.11.2022

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