SEA-US cable big boost to PH businesses

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THE $250-million Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable being built by a global consortium of telecommunications companies should strengthen the competitiveness of Philippine businesses once it is completed next year, Globe Telecom Inc. said.

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Globe is part of the consortium that is building the undersea cable that would link the Philippines and Indonesia to Guam, Hawaii, and California in the United States. On Tuesday, the consortium officially announced the start of construction of the project.

Gil Genio, Globe Telecom executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the cable link will benefit the country’s outsourcing and offshoring industry, including major contact centers, business process outsourcing (BPO) 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 the project “will enable Globe 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,” he added.

NEC Corp. and NEC Corporation of America are the system suppliers for the $250 million project which is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The system will be approximately be 15,000 kilometers in length, stretched along a unique route and has been designed and engineered to bypass earthquake-prone areas in East Asia, thereby providing a strategic diversity in the range of connectivity to transpacific networks with ensured stable connectivity.

The cable system will provide an initial 20 terabit per second (Tb/s) capacity, with the latest 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, the consortium said in a statement.

With further connectivity using existing and planned submarine cable systems in the region, other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, and Australia will also benefit from the SEA-US cable link.

The consortium consists of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corp. (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.

Construction of the cable system will enable NEC to capitalize on more than 40 years of experience, laying over 200,000 kilometers of submarine cable infrastructure and contributing to worldwide communications, the consortium said.

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