PLDT’s VITRO Sta. Rosa, Jupiter Cable system boost PH hyperscale ecosystem

Global data show that the Philippines is becoming one of the most promising hubs in Asia Pacific for hyperscale investments, due to its favorable business climate, accelerated cloud adoption, demographic shifts to hybrid working, long-term government strategy, and sustainability efforts.

During the recent Hyperscale Readiness and Capacity Outlook of the Philippines webinar, Jabez Tan, Head of Research for independent research firm Structure Research, stated that the country is expected to expand its data center capacity exponentially with the recent announcement of new hyperscale facilities designed to cater to the incoming demand.

“The Philippine data center colocation market is estimated to be worth $134 million this year. The sector will grow steadily at a 25% CAGR through 2027, mostly driven by the hyperscale market,” said Tan.

Anticipating the demand, PLDT, through its ICT arm ePLDT, is leading the capacity build with the construction of its 11th and largest hyperscale data center to date. VITRO Sta. Rosa is the first in a series of data center builds totaling a power capacity of 100MW.

“We continue to build new facilities to serve the market demand that comes with the digitalization of the country while expanding our capacities in existing sites such as VITRO Makati 2, Paranaque, and Clark,” said Amil Azurin, PLDT Enterprise VP and Head of Product Management for the Disruptive Business Group.

As the country gears up its data center capacity, the need to boost the international network that connects to these facilities subsequently follows. Gary Ignacio, PLDT Enterprise VP and Head of Strategic Business Development Group, explained that the PLDT Group’s latest investment in the Jupiter Cable System supplements the upcoming VITRO Sta. Rosa, as both world-class infrastructures further reinforce the country as APAC’s next hyperscaler hub.

“Jupiter is now the fastest cable system between the Philippines and the US. It will fortify the international cable network diversity for the country and triple PLDT’s existing international network capacity to about 60 Terabit/s while directing massive data to PLDT’s network of data centers,” said Ignacio.

“PLDT commits to a world-class hyperscale ecosystem for the country. With the Jupiter cable system and the upcoming VITRO Sta.Rosa, we are confident that we are on our way to further accelerating the digitization of enterprises and creating more digital services and content for all Filipinos to enjoy,” Ignacio added.

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