Today, Globe Telecom officially launched the $250-million Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system. It provides direct links between Davao and the United States for enhanced Philippine internet connectivity. It provides richer and better international connectivity for businesses in Mindanao and the rest of the country.
“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 Mr. Ernest L. Cu, President and CEO of Globe Telecom.
The said cable system is connected to the Globe cable landing station in Baranggay Talomo, Davao City. It also houses the Power Feed Equipment necessary to run the system. The undersea cable, outside of Luzon, is the very first direct connection of Globe to the United States via Guam, Hawaii, and California, offering faster transmission of data to the US.
“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 of being of help to government in realizing its ICT roadmap,” said Atty. Rodolfo A. Salalima, Secretary of Department of Information and Communications Technology.
“The facility will be most beneficial to businesses which require higher bandwidth and network resiliency at cost-efficient rates,” added Mr. Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Enterprise Group. “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 further commented.
The SEA-US international cable system is 14,500 kilometer and uses the latest 100 gigabits per second transmission technology to deliver an additional 20 terabits per second capacity. It was built by a consortium of 7 international telecommunications companies and links five areas that include Manado in Indonesia, Davao in Philippines, Piti in Guam, Oahu in Hawaii and United States and Los Angeles in California and United States.
Globe Telecom is also a member of an international consortium of telecommunications and technology companies operating the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable system. SJC, an 8,900 kilometer cable system that links seven territories, including Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines. It is currently being upgraded to bring an increase of 6.5 TB/s capacity with state of the art 100G technology. Globe also made investments in the East Asia Cable system, Asia Pacific Cable Network-2, Tata Global Network-Intra Asia cable system, City to City cable system, and is also interconnected with major Trans-Pacific Cable systems that encompass the Unity, Tata Global Network-Pacific and the Japan-US Cable Network.
Personally, I am happy about the development. I am one of the advocates for good internet speed not only because I blog, but because I believe a successful business needs a good internet speed and may require higher bandwidth. I believe that internet speed is also correlated with the success of the country which is why this step of Globe is another step for the Philippines’ growth as well.
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