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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Globe Inaugurates the SEA-US Cable System; Connecting Davao to US for Internet Connectivity

In a historic inauguration of Globe SEA-US Cable System that connects the Philippines via Davao to the US for an enhanced internet connectivity. The $250M submarine cable system was built by a consortium of 7 international telecom companies that links five areas and territories that include: Davao (Philippines), Manado (Indonesia), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, USA), and Los Angeles (California, USA).

"First world connection is more than just fast internet but is also about building a better nation that transcends borders and opens infinite possibilities for everyone. We are excited about this development because of the immense benefits that the undersea cable system will bring to the Philippines. For one, it will provide support for the expanding business requirement for data in the Mindanao region where the cable landing station is located and in the country as a whole. This will also ease our dependence on international cable systems and ensure the resiliency of the country's internet connectivity," said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.

The 14,500 kilometer SEA-US international cable system uses the latest 100 gigabits per second transmission technology to deliver an additional 20 terabits per second capacity. Such additional capacity will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between the two continents.

The new cable system completely bypasses the Taiwan earthquake zone to prevent a repeat of the 2006 incident wherein cables where broken due to the Taiwan earthquake that year that incapacitated the internet connectivity of the Philippines for a few days.

Aside from being a part of the SEA-US consortium, Globe is also a member of an international consortium of telecommunications and technology companies operating the Southeast Asia-Japan (SJS) system. SJS is an 8,900-kilometer cable system linking seven territories that include Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines, including the option to link with Thailand. The cable infrastructure is currently being upgraded to bring an increase of 6.5 Tb/s capacity with state of the art 100G technology.

Globe Telecom has also made investments in the East Asia Cable system (EAC), Asia Pacific Cable Network-2 (APCN2), Tata Global Network-Intra Asia cable system (TGN-IA), the City to City cable system (C2C), and is interconnected with major Trans-Pacific Cable systems that encompass the Unity, Tata Global Network-Pacific (TGN-P) and the Japan-US Cable Network (j-US).


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