XSite Modular, which designs and builds prefab critical infrastructure buildings, says it has won a contract to design and build a pair of cable landing stations and four repeater stations for the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) as part of the Philippine National Broadband Plan (NBP). Xsite will design and build the six facilities, then ship them to the Philippines for installation throughout the country.
The 13,000-km (8,000 mile) transpacific PLCN submarine cable will link the Philippines, Hong Kong, the United States, and Taiwan with the backing of Google, Facebook, and Pacific Light Data Communication (PLDC). The submarine network, the first to directly link Hong Kong with the United States, will have a capacity of more than 144 Tbps. It is expected to be ready for service in 2019 (see "Facebook, Google, PLDC back construction of the Pacific Light Cable Network").
XSite’s cable landing and repeater stations will provide such critical services as cooling, ventilation, fire detection and suppression, AC backup power, cable management, access control, video surveillance, and a building management system, among others.
“We chose XSite as our partner in this venture for some very fundamental and vital reasons,” states Joshua Bingcang, senior vice president for the Business Development and Operations Group of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority. “Their modular approach made design and construction of the structures easily customizable and able to meet both our strict delivery deadlines and budget demands. But most importantly, XSite provides best-in-class and proven building techniques that offer the safety and reliability guarantees that are simply without compromise. We’re thrilled to have them as our partner in developing and implementing this critical plan to advance broadband access throughout the Philippines.”
The award is one of several XSite has won this year (see, for example, “XSite Modular to build cable landing stations for Solomon Islands Submarine Cable Company”).
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