Globe invests $80M in undersea cable linking SE Asia to US


AYALA-LED Globe Telecom is collaborating with six other international telecommunications companies to build a new submarine cable system that will link Southeast Asia and the United States (SEA-US).

“The SEA-US project will enable Globe to meet tomorrow’s growing bandwidth needs and is part of our efforts to provide a great customer experience on their mobile and other devices, as well as add even more diverse options for companies to connect to the US,” Gil Genii, Globe chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Globe is investing more than $80 million for the project.

Expected for completion in the last quarter of 2016 at a total project cost of approximately $250 million, the SEA-US undersea cable system will provide superior latency, delivering an additional 20 Terabits per/second capacity to cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between the two continents.

The Ayala-led company said that 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 bandwidths.

Linking five areas and territories that include Manado in Indonesia, Davao in the Philippines, Piti in Guam, Oahu in Hawaii, United States and Los Angeles in California, USA, the SEA-US project will be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, providing route diversity from the North Pacific and avoiding earthquake prone areas in East Asia.

The company said that the cable system is expected to provide more efficient connectivity to approximately 1.5 billion people.

On the other hand, Globe’s existing domestic cable systems 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.

“The SEA-US cable system will further strengthen Globe Telecom’s network resiliency, ensuring seamless connectivity as we provide support for future applications of our customers and next-generation technologies,” Genio said.


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