AYALA-LED Globe Telecom inaugurated its power feed equipment facility in Davao for the country’s first international undersea cable landing site.
The company said it has completed construction of the Davao Power Feed Equipment, a facility that will address the energy requirement of the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) undersea cable system.
The undersea cable is expected to ease the country’s dependence on international cable systems routed through northern Philippines.
Globe president and chief executive officer Ernest Cu said the undersea cable system will help underpin local economic growth as it will provide support for the expanding business requirement for data in the country as a whole.
Globe is also building a data center in the same location as the SEA-US cable landing station.
“Both the data center and the undersea cable systems are critical in ensuring the resiliency of the country’s internet connectivity with the rest of world, particularly the US, where much of internet content is sourced,” Cu said in a statement.
“This could prevent a repeat of a 2008 incident where major international cables were broken because of the Taiwan earthquake. As a result, the Philippines became isolated for a few days in terms of internet connectivity,” Cu said.
With a project cost of about $250 million, the undersea cable system is being built by a consortium of seven international companies, including Globe Telecom. Other members of the consortium are 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).
At approximately 15,000 kilometers long, the undersea cable provides route diversity from the North Pacific, avoiding earthquake prone areas in East Asia to provide more efficient connectivity to approximately 1.5 billion people.
Meanwhile, Globe’s data center when completed will cater to business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, financial institutions, internet service providers and other content providers in southern Philippines.