Ayala-led telco Globe Telecom Inc. on Friday launched a $250-million Southeast Asia-United Stated (SEA-US) submarine cable system, which will provide internet connectivity for businesses in the southern island of Mindanao as well as the entire country.
“We are excited about this development because of the immense benefits that the undersea cable system will bring to the Philippines,” Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu said during the launch in Taguig City.
The SEA-US cable system is connected to Globe’s landing station in Barangay Talomo, Davao City, which houses power feed equipment necessary to run the system.
The submarine cable will be Globe’s first direct connection to the US via Guam, Hawaii, and California, offering faster transmission of data to the US outside of Luzon.
The SEA-US cable system is a 14,500-kilometer undersea line built by a consortium of seven international telcos that links the territories of Manado, Indonesia; Davao, Philippines; Piti, Guam; Oahu, Hawaii; and Los Angeles, California.
Apart from Globe, the consortium consists of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), RAM Telecom International, Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings GTI Corp. (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.
NEC Corp. and NEC Corp. of America are the system suppliers for the project.
Cu said that the cable system is expected to cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between Southeast Asia and the US as well as ease the country’s dependence on international cable systems routed through northern 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,” he said.
“This will also ease our dependence on international cable systems and ensure the resiliency of the country’s internet connectivity,” he added. — DVM, GMA News