04 May Globe Telecom Inc to Complete New Cable Landing Station in Mindanao Next Year to Boost Its Network Capacity
In the year 2017, next year, Globe Telecom Inc. is set to complete a new Mindanao cable landing station with the aim of boosting its network capacity.
According to Globe chief commercial officer Albert de Larrazabal, the $80M international cable landing station in Davao City is ongoing, and that they are on track.
The said international cable landing station is a part of the $250-million Southeast Asia-US undersea cable system that is expected to provide super latency, which will deliver an additional 20 terabits per second capacity through the use of 100 gigabits per second transmission equipment. The SEA-US cable project will be handled by the NEC.
Of the total investment, Globe will shoulder $80 million for the project. Other members of the SEA-US consortium are Telkom USA, PT Teleckomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Ram Telecom International, Teleguam Holdings, GTI Corp. (a member of the Globe Group of companies) and Hawaiian Telecom.
“By routing south of the Philippines, the SEA-US system will avoid the disaster-prone Luzon Strait and thereby enhance the continuity of communications between the United States and Asia,” Globe said.
The SEA-US project will be about 15,000 km long, which will link five areas and territories, including Piti (Guam), Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Los Angeles (California, United States) and Oahu (Hawaii, United States) which will provide route diversity from the North Pacific avoiding earthquake-prone areas in East Asia. This system will help satisfy the escalating demand for international connectivity in Southeast Asian countries, which is expected to deliver more efficient connectivity to about 1.5 billion people.
Globe is also a member of Southeast Asia-Japan Cable System, an international consortium of telecommunications and technology companies. It is an 8, 900-kilometer cable system that links seven territories, including Brunei, Hong Kong, mainland China, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore and the option to link with Thailand, which is currently being upgraded bringing an increase of 6.5 terabit per second capacity utilizing the state-of-the-art technology.