Globe opens SE Asia-US submarine cable system in Davao City

Globe Telecom on Saturday, March 25, inaugurated its Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system in Davao City.

Photo credit: NEC

Photo credit: NEC

Globe Business senior advisor Mike Frausing said the cable system would be able to provide greater route flexibility and support for applications and services dependent on bandwidth Internet which is necessary for critical operations of businesses.

“We are excited over this development since it won’t take long before we can finally address the rising demand for Internet services from businesses in the Philippines,” Frausing said in a statement.

The SEA-US cable was connected to the Globe cable landing station in Brgy. Talomo, Davao City which also houses the power feed equipment necessary to run the system.

It is expected to ease the country’s dependence on international cable systems routed through northern Philippines and prevent a repeat of a 2008 incident where major international cables were broken due to the Taiwan earthquake which left the Philippines isolated for a few days in terms of Internet connectivity.

The SEA-US cable system consortium in which Globe is a part of, will link five areas and territories that include Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States), and Los Angeles (California, United States).

The 14,000-kilometer cable system estimated to cost at around $250 million will consist of two fiber pairs with an initial design capacity of 20 terabits per second and will use the latest in submarine fiber-optic technology with 100 gigabits per second transmission equipment per pair that will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between Southeast Asia and the United States.

Furthermore, the Globe Business Davao Data Center, which is linked to the SEA-US cable system, will cater to BPOs, financial institutions, Internet service providers and other content providers in southern Philippines. Once completed, it will address ICT requirements of major trade and industry centers in Mindanao region.

“The primary source of information now for many people is the Internet so the city government of Davao is very happy with this development. This will definitely benefit Davao City especially the service sector such as business process outsourcing and banking and finance as well as the whole Philippines,” said Davao City councilor Bernard Al-ag who represented Mayor Sara Duterte during the cable landing ceremony.

Globe is also a member of an international consortium of telecommunications and technology companies operating the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system, an 8,900-kilometer cable system linking seven territories that include Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, including the option to link with Thailand. – PNA

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