Firm launches cable system

GLOBE Telecom officially launched Friday the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system intended to provide better connectivity in Mindanao.

The $250 million-worth cable system installed in the city is part of the company’s commitment to provide “faster transmission and more efficient connectivity in Mindanao,” company president Ernest Cu said.

Cu said the investment provides “immense benefits to the country as it will enable businesses here to develop with the first-world internet connectivity at cost-efficient rates in support of the government’s efforts to make the country globally competitive.”

“This will make our network future-ready in anticipation of our customers growing bandwidth requirements,” he added, noting that this cable system will attract more investors to Mindanao.

This, he said, is part of Globe’s effort to further enhance its services in Mindanao such as the establishment of a data center here in the city designed to address the growing information and communications technology requirements of business process outsourcing (BPOs), financial institutions, and internet service providers.

In an interview, Cu said they chose the city as they wanted to take other different routes for the light signals to travel with minimal interferences given that most of their stations are only in Luzon area.

“We chose Davao because of its diversity reasons. We chose a different route to go to the US. Normally, we’d pass by Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan,” he said, adding that the decision was for them to stay away from areas where natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes commonly occur.

The Globe president said the new cable system will provide Mindanao island with quicker and lighter internet connections as light signals won’t have to travel anymore to Luzon to go out.

“Light signals can go out directly from here (Mindanao) to the United States,” he said.

The SEA-US cable system is connected to Globe cable landing station in Barangay Talomo which also houses the power feed equipment necessary to run the system.

The facility uses the latest 100 gigabits per second transmission technology to deliver an additional 20 terabits per second capacity, wherein it will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between the two continents.

Cu said the undersea cable spans at about 7,000 miles and is the first direct connection of Globe to the United States via stations in Guam, Hawaii (Honolulu), and Los Angeles, California.

The system was built sometime late in July by a consortium of seven international telecommunication companies and links to five regions that include Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii), and Los Angeles (California).

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