Local carrier Globe Telecom formally launched on Friday, Sept. 27, the South-East Asia Japan Cable (SJC), a $400-million submarine cable system, which promises Internet speeds of up to 28 terabits-per-second.
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chairman of Globe, led the unveiling together with Pres. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as guest of honor. The event was held at The Forum basement of the newly opened Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City.
Dubbed as a trans-Asia cable, SJC serves as Globe’s fith major investment in submarine cable systems and spans almost 9,000 kilometers.
SJC is operated by a global consortium of telecommunications and technology companies which Globe forms part of. It was constructed after two years of groundwork and provisioning between Globe and its partners.
Zobel de Ayala said the trans-Asian cable is now fully operational with available data traffic, streaming an initial design capacity of 28 terabits-per-second deployed by six fiber pairs.
He said Globe now has 36 million subscribers and through its link-up with SJC, the local telco will provide interconnectivity within the Philippines and its Asian neighbors.
“The submarine cable will propel economic growth, world-class telco facilities, and services,” Ayala said.
Globe said the cable system addresses bandwidth-intensive applications such as Internet TV, online games, and enterprise data exchange. It added the cable’s design capacity can support simultaneous streaming of up to 3 million high-definition (HD) videos.
According to SJC officials, the cable?s massive capacity can download the entire amount of content of the US Library of Congress in 1.5 seconds.
Gil Genio, head of international and business markets at Globe, said one of the main beneficiaries of the SJC is the local business process outsourcing and the outsourcing-offshoring sectors, currently regarded as the sunshine industries of the Philippines.
“Globe Telecom actively supports these economic growth drivers which provide employment for roughly 700,000 Filipinos and accounts for about $25 billion in annual revenues,” Genio said.
Globe and SJC officials said the submarine cable’s bandwidth will be able to meet the capacity needs of future applications and solutions, as well as spur the further development of ICT in the region.
Aside from Globe, the SJC global consortium is composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom Global Limited (CTG, an affiliate of China Telecommunications Corporation), Donghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, Co.,Ltd.), Google, KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT). ]]>