Facebook wants planned PH cable safe from quakes, typhoons


Posted at Nov 16 2017 02:11 PM

MANILA - Facebook wanted to lessen the threat of earthquakes and typhoons to its systems when it decided to locate one of its undersea cables in the Philippines, a Filipino official said Thursday.

In exchange, Facebook will provide the Philippines spectrum equivalent to 2 million Mbps, which is expected to improve broadband speeds, according to an agreement between the world's largest social network and Philippine government agencies.

“Iyung underwater cable pag-aari ng Facebook, gusto lang nila padaanin sa territory natin para safe sila doon sa earthquake at typhoon na nangyayari sa norte, mas kakaunti ang breakage kung dito dadaan sa territory natin,” Department of Information and Communications Technology Officer-in-Charge Eliseo Rio told DZMM.

(Facebook's underwater cable, they want it to pass through our territory to keep it safe from earthquakes and typhoons in the north. There is less possibility of breakage if they pass through our territory.)

The Philippine Bases Conversion and Development Authority will build the the 2 landing stations for the cable, Rio said.