Globe joins consortium to build cable system connecting SE Asia, US

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Photo credit: Photo credit:[/caption] Expected for completion in the last quarter of 2016 at project cost of approximately $250 million, the SEA-US undersea cable system will provide an additional 20Terabits per/second capacity, utilizing the 100 gigabits per second transmission equipment. Globe chief operating officer Gil Genio said the new cable system will help underpin local economic growth as it provides support for expanding business requirement for data, noting that the Philippines has become the preferred destination for the outsourcing and offshoring industry, including major call centers, business process outsource providers, global financial institutions, and a host of other multinationals that require very large bandwidth. Genio said Globe is investing more than $80 million for the project. Linking five areas and territories that include Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States) and Los Angeles (California, United States), the SEA-US project will be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, provides route diversity from the North Pacific, avoiding earthquake prone areas in East Asia. The cable system is expected to provide connectivity to approximately 1.5 billion people. Aside from Globe, members of the SEA-US consortium include PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Telkom USA, GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Group of companies), RAM Telecom International (RTI), Teleguam Holdings (GTA) and Hawaiian Telcom (HTEL). The SEA-US cable project will be undertaken by NEC. In addition to the SEA-US cable system, 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 8,900-kilometer cable system linking 7 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 6.5 Tb/s capacity with the state of the art 100G technology. Aside from the SJC cable system, Globe 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, which encompasses the Unity, Tata Global Network-Pacific, (TGN-P) and the Japan-US Cable Network (U-US). On the other hand, existing domestic cable systems of Globe Telecom, catering to transmission requirement connecting Luzon to various islands in Visayas and Mindanao, include the Fiber Optic Backbone Network1 (FOBN1), FOBN2 and the Boracay, Palawan and Coron submarine cable systems, which comprise the FOBN3. ]]>

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