The construction of the South-East Asia – United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, the first cable system to directly connect Indonesia and the United States, is expected to benefit Filipino customers, Globe Telecom said on Tuesday.
Globe made this statement following reports of the construction of the $250 million cable system which officially kicked off on Tuesday. It is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.
It will link the five areas and territories of Manado in Indonesia, Davao in Southern Philippines; Piti in the territory of Guam; as well as Honolulu (on the island of Oahu), Hawaii; and Los Angeles, California in the continental US.
The telco said that the cable system would be about 15,000 kilometers long, stretched along a unique route and has been designed and engineered to bypass earthquake prone areas in East Asia.
It is expected to provide a strategic diversity in the range of connectivity to transpacific networks with ensured stable connectivity and also provide an initial 20 terabit per second (Tb/s) capacity, with state-of-the-art 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) technology.
This capacity will help to meet the exponentially growing demand for bandwidth between Southeast Asia and North America in unparalleled performance, especially for those two ASEAN countries.
Meanwhile, other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, and Australia can also enjoy the benefit of the SEA-US with further connectivity using existing and planned submarine cable systems in the region.
This cable system will be built and operated by a global consortium of telecommunications companies, including Ayala-led Globe.
Aside from Globe, the consortium consists of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corp. (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.
Globe Telecom Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Gil Genio said the project would enable the company to play a major role in providing superior connectivity for consumers and businesses in the Philippines to connect to the US.
“Our link-up with the SEA-US cable system will serve the exponential growth of mobile Internet use in our country, enabling the Filipino digital lifestyle and wonderful experience for our customers and businesses,” Genio said.
“This development will also benefit the outsourcing and offshoring industry, including major contact centers, business process outsourcing providers, global financial institutions and a host of other multinationals that require very large bandwidth as the Philippines has become the preferred destination for these companies,” he said.