Undersea cable system signals PH entry to first-world internet

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - FEATURES - By Marlet D. Salazar

IN MARCH, Globe Telecom successfully landed its Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system in Brgy. Talomo, Davao City, which also houses the Power Feed Equipment necessary to run the system.

This month, the telecommunications company launched the $250-million SEA-US undersea cable system, that will directly link Davao and US for “enhanced international connectivity” for businesses in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

Ernest Cu, Globe president and chief executive officer, said the launch of the undersea cable “signals the Philippine entry to first-world internet.”

Cu reported Globe’s subscribers and traffic growth in the past years and the submarine cable is hoped to further strengthen that growth.

“Additional capacity is required because our internet growth in the Philippines is really astounding,” Cu said. “Last year alone, in the first half, we grew our traffic by 85 percent.”

"We have added a new traffic generator,” Cu said, “and Globe is focusing on the home now that we have achieved leadership in the mobile sector.”

He said the company’s efforts are geared toward improving average speeds in the country by connecting Filipino homes to high-speed internet.

The cable system will provide greater route flexibility and better resilience for bandwidth-dependent applications and services consistent with the growing trend of companies shifting their business critical operations to digital.

Cu added Globe’s SEA-US cable system is operational “one month ahead of schedule.”

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chair of Globe, highlighted the employment generation this venture would bring. Cu affirmed this: “This (undersea cable system) also enables a whole new set of people to be employed. It is also important to know that the telecoms sector is a hotbed of investments.”

According to the release provided, 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.

“The facility also completely bypasses the Taiwan earthquake zone to ensure 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.

“The 14,500-kilometer SEA-US international cable system, uses the latest 100 gigabits per second transmission technology to deliver an additional 20 terabits per second 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).


THE GLOBE Southeast AsiaUnited States Cable when it arrived in Davao in March.

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