Calls from the Philippines to the United States were not affected by the recent and devastating 8.9- magnitude earthquake in Japan, according to a statement by the Philippines' largest telecommunications firm - Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT).
There were minimal telecommunication problems across Asia after the earthquake, but PLDT was able to re-route their cable system called Asia-America Gateway (AAG) immediately and it is up and running 100% ever since. The AAG is a multimillion dollar project made up of fiber optic cables that go thousands of kilometers - connecting numerous countries in Asia (including the Philippines) to Guam, Hawaii, and the US West Coast.
“To ensure business continuity and vital resiliency particularly for our BPO and Call Center clients who are US-centric, the performance of AAG affirms the immense value of PLDT's $50M investment in this critical cable system to ensure business continuity especially for our Enterprise customers,” said Jovy Hernandez, PLDT VP and Head of Corporate Business Group and SMART Enterprise Sales & Marketing. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, especially as PLDT has deep Japanese affiliation due to its relationship with NTT.”