MANILA, Philippines – As part of its ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) expansion, Globe Telecom’s GlobeTel Singapore Pte. Ltd. secured a facilities-based operations (FBO) license to provide international cable and other telecommunications services in the city-state.
GlobeTel Singapore, the wholly-owned subsidiary of GTI Business Holdings, Inc. (which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe), will offer international cable services to help strengthen connectivity between Singapore and the Philippines, as well as support businesses operating in the two countries, the Ayala-led telecommunications company said in a statement Monday, January 12.
GlobeTel Singapore will also provide alternate and redundant cable paths from Singapore to Hong Kong and Japan transiting the Philippines, further strengthening connectivity within the region.
In recent years, Globe has been strengthening its network infrastructure in line with its goal to develop other growth areas within ASEAN.
For instance, the Ayala-led telecommunications provider joined a consortium of 7 international telecommunication companies for the construction of a new submarine cable system directly connecting Southeast Asia and the United States (SEA-US).
Set to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016 and costs about $250 million, the SEA-US undersea cable system would deliver an additional 20 terabits per/second capacity, utilizing the latest 100 gigabits per second transmission equipment.
The 15,000-kilometer (km) cable system would link Manado in Indonesia; Davao in the Philippines; Piti in Guam; Oahu in Hawaii; and Los Angeles in California. The cable system is expected to provide more efficient connectivity to approximately 1.5 billion people.
Globe also invested in the 8,900-km Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system that links Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines, including the option to link with Thailand.
It is also part of the East Asia Cable system, Asia Pacific Cable Network-2, Tata Global Network–Intra Asia cable system, and the City to City cable system which is interconnecting with major Trans-Pacific Cable systems encompassing the Unity, Tata Global Network-Pacific, and the Japan-US Cable Network. – Rappler.com
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