Construction of undersea data cable connecting SEA-US begins
MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom Incorporated and international partners have officially started the construction of the $250 million (P11.17 billion) Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system.
The global consortium of telecommunications companies has tapped NEC Corporation and NEC Corporation of America as suppliers for the submarine cable system that would directly connect Indonesia and the US once completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Globe had previously said that it is investing $80 million (P3.5 billion), through wholly owned subsidiary GTI corporation, in the undersea cable system.
The submarine cable system would enable the company to play a major role in providing superior connectivity to consumers and businesses in the Philippines to connect to the US, said Gil Genio, Globe executive vice president and chief operating officer.
“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,” he said.
The SEA-US system would link the 5 areas and territories of Manado in Indonesia; Davao in southern Philippines; Piti in the US territory of Guam; Honolulu in Hawaii; and Los Angeles, California in the US.
The submarine cable would be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, stretched along a unique route and has been designed and engineered to bypass earthquake prone areas in East Asia.
The cable system will provide an initial 20 terabit per second (Tb/s) capacity, with state-of-the-art 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) technology.
“This development will also benefit the outsourcing and offshoring industry, that require very large bandwidth as the Philippines has become the preferred destination for these companies,” Genio added.
Apart from Globe and wholly-owned subsidiary GTI Corporation, other members of the consortium include PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin); RAM Telecom International (RTI); Hawaiian Telcom; Teleguam Holdings (GTA); and Telkom USA.
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 could enjoy the benefit of the SEA-US, Globe said. – Rappler.com
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