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Globe Telecom spearheads launch of USD 250-million SEA-US submarine cable system

By Lionell Go Macahilig - on 11 Aug 2017, 6:55pm

Globe Telecom spearheads launch of USD 250-million SEA-US submarine cable system

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Aligned with its goal of bringing First World Internet to the country, Globe Telecom commercially launched today the USD 250-million Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system. Establishing a link between Davao and the United States, the infrastructure brings enhanced international connectivity for businesses in Mindanao and the rest of the Philippines. 

Gracing the groundbreaking launch are Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu, Globe Telecom Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II, DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima, and PT Telkom CEO for Wholesale and International Business Abdus Somad Arief.

“First world connection is more than just fast internet but is also about building a better nation that transcends borders and opens infinite possibilities for everyone. We are excited about this development because of the immense benefits that the undersea cable system will bring to the Philippines.  For one, it will provide support for the expanding business requirement for data in the Mindanao region where the cable landing station is located and in the country as a whole.  This will also ease our dependence on international cable systems and ensure the resiliency of the country’s internet connectivity,” said Ernest L. Cu, Globe President and CEO.

The SEA-US cable system is connected to the Globe cable landing station in Brgy. Talomo, Davao City which also houses the Power Feed Equipment necessary to run the system. Outside of Luzon, the undersea cable is the first direct connection of Globe to the United States via Guam, Hawaii, and California, offering faster transmission of data to the US.

Bypassing the Taiwan earthquake zone, the system ensures continuity of service and greater resiliency.  This is expected to prevent a repeat of a 2006 incident where major international cables were broken because of the Taiwan earthquake, resulting in the isolation of the Philippines for a few days in terms of Internet connectivity.

 “On behalf of the Philippine Government, we congratulate Globe Telecom for further improving the state of Internet connectivity in the Philippines. The launching of this SEA-US cable system underscores the importance of integrating ICT in the improvement of government service delivery. We look to this Globe and SEA-US project being of help to government in realizing its ICT roadmap,” said Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.

Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Enterprise Group, also commented that “the facility will be most beneficial to businesses which require higher bandwidth and network resiliency at cost-efficient rates.”  “With the commercial operations, our customers can expect a more resilient network necessary for the continuity of their operations as well as greater route flexibility and better future support for bandwidth-dependent applications and services consistent with the growing trend of companies shifting their business critical operations to digital,” he added.

The 14,500km SEA-US international cable system uses the latest 100Gbps transmission technology to deliver an additional 20Tbps capacity.  Such additional capacity will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between the two continents.

The system was built by a consortium of seven international telecommunications companies and links five areas and territories that include Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States), and Los Angeles (California, United States).

Aside from forming part of the SEA-US consortium, Globe is also a member of an international consortium of telecommunications and technology companies operating the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system. SJC is an 8,900km cable system linking seven territories that include Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines, including the option to link with Thailand. The cable infrastructure is currently being upgraded to bring an increase of 6.5Tbps capacity with state of the art 100G technology.

Globe Telecom has also made investments in the East Asia Cable system (EAC), Asia Pacific Cable Network-2 (APCN2), Tata Global Network–Intra Asia cable system (TGN-IA), the City to City cable system (C2C), and is interconnected with major Trans-Pacific Cable systems that encompass the Unity, Tata Global Network-Pacific, (TGN-P) and the Japan-US Cable Network (J-US).