Globe Telecom said on Friday that the Philippines is now connected with the Southeast Asia Japan Cable System (SJC), calling the link-up a “high point in telecommunications” for the country.
The announcement was made by the company in a ceremony led by Jaime Zobel de Ayala, chairman of company’s board of directors, with President Benigno Aquino 3rd as guest of honor.
“This groundbreaking technological development in Southeast Asia will enable unmatched telecommunications services by Globe through its link-up with SJC, providing superior interconnectivity within the Philippines and its Asian neighbors,” the company said in a statement.
The SJC is an 8,900-kilometer, inter-Asian submarine cable system consisting of six fiber pairs with a capacity of 28 terabits per second, which is said to support the simultaneous streaming of up to three million high-definition videos and can allow all contents of the US Library of Congress to be downloaded in 1.5 seconds.
Operated by a consortium of which the company is a part of, the SJC currently connects the Philippines with Brunei China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. It is the company’s fifth major investment in submarine cable systems.
“The addition of SJC to the existing network of international submarine cable systems will address the increasing requirements for much higher bandwidth in the continent and the rest of the digitally connected world. Its high-capacity systems also bolster the capabilities of Globe Telecom, particularly in telecommunications and Internet, making it the foremost telco provider in the Philippines,” said Globe head of International and Business Markets Gil Genio.
President Aquino said that the link-up will strengthen the country’s connectivity with other cable systems, and is a boon to local industries that are banking on improved communications capacities.
“It [SJC] reinforces our position as leaders in the BPO [business process outsourcing]industry, and it becomes another selling point for growing fields such as medical transcription, engineering services and animation, among others,” President Aquino said.
“Media will likewise have an easier time reaching more viewers on the Internet; above that, perhaps we can also expect more of our citizens to participate in public discourse through social media sites like Twitter or Facebook,” he added.