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Globe holds SEA-US cable system ceremonial launch in Davao City

25 Sep 2017

Globe holds SEA-US cable system ceremonial launch in Davao City

Globe holds the SEA-US cable system ceremonial launch in Davao City led by Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu (3rd from left) and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar (2nd from left). Together with them are Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert de Larrazabal, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, Globe Head Council Atty. Froilan Castelo, and Globe SVP for Enterprise Group Peter Maquera (from L-R).

Globe Telecom held a ceremonial launch in Davao City over the weekend for the $250-million Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system. This is part of Globe Telecom's commitment to provide faster transmission, more efficient connectivity, and greater network resiliency in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

The ceremony was led by Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar who thanked Globe in behalf of the President for the company's “invaluable contribution to the telecom industry and for improving internet connectivity through the SEA-US submarine cable system.”

“The Southeast Asia-US Cable System will definitely reinforce the capacity and resiliency of our information infrastructure, leading to improved communication capacities, better access to basic services, increased competitiveness, and smarter cities. It is expected to generate more investments, jobs, and opportunities in Davao region and Mindanao,” he said.

Outside of Luzon, the 14,500 kilometer undersea cable is the first direct connection of Globe to the United States via Guam, Hawaii, and California, offering faster transmission of data to the US. It supports Globe's ongoing efforts to further enhance its services in Mindanao, such as the establishment of a data center in Davao City that's designed to address the growing information and communications technology requirements of BPOs, financial institutions, Internet service providers, and other content providers in Southern Philippines.

Globe invested US$80 million for this new undersea cable system. This is on top of the US$750-million capital expenditure of the company this year to enhance its data capacities. The annual investment is being utilized for LTE deployment using the 700 MHz, 1800 MHz, and 2600 MHz frequencies. With more pervasive mobile LTE data, internet speeds have markedly improved based on international benchmarking studies.

“We are excited about this new investment because of the immense benefits that the undersea cable system will bring to the Philippines. It will enable businesses to thrive and prosper with 1st world internet connectivity at cost-efficient rates in support of the government's efforts to make the Philippines become globally competitive. This will also make our network future-ready in anticipation of our customers' growing bandwidth requirements,” said Ernest L. Cu, Globe President and CEO.

“The SEA-US cable system will augur well for businesses in Davao City. It will attract more players from major trade and industry centers in Mindanao region and expand more BPO spaces— which means the creation of more jobs in the service sector and more livelihood opportunities for not only the people of Davao but also for neighboring cities and municipalities ,” said Peter Maquera, Senior Vice President for Globe Enterprise Group.

At the same time, the facility will ease the country's dependence on international cable systems that go through Japan/North Asia to connect to the US and ensure the resiliency of internet connectivity. With three domestic fiber optic backbones and several investments in international undersea cables, Globe Telecom’s network was able to provide uninterrupted internet connection to its corporate and individual customers despite the submarine cable cuts caused by the recent super typhoon in Hong Kong which severely affected services of other internet providers in the Philippines and the region.

The SEA-US cable system is connected to the Globe cable landing station in Brgy. Talomo, Davao City 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. The additional capacity will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between the two continents.

The system was built by a consortium of seven (7) international telecommunications companies. It links five regions that include Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States), and Los Angeles (California, United States).

Aside from being part of the SEA-US consortium, Globe is also a member of an international consortium of telecommunications and technology companies operating the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system, which links seven territories that include Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines. It has also made investments in the East Asia Cable system (EAC), Asia Pacific Cable Network-2 (APCN2), Tata Global Network–Intra Asia cable system (TGN-IA), the City to City cable system (C2C), and is interconnected with major Trans-Pacific Cable systems that encompass the Unity, Tata Global Network-Pacific (TGN-P), and the Japan-US Cable Network (J-US).

Palace commends Globe for contributions to telecom industry, internet connectivity

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte commended Globe Telecom for their invaluable contributions to the telecommunications industry and for improving internet connectivity on Friday, September 22, 2017.

In his speech during the launch of SEA-US Cable Commercial System delivered by Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, President Duterte thanked Globe Telecom for choosing Davao City to be host of the first cable submarine system connected through the South of the Philippines.

“The SEA-US Cable System will definitely reinforce capacity and resiliency of our information capacities, better access to basic services, increased competitiveness, and smarter cities,” the President said.

He added that the said system is expected to generate more investments, jobs, and opportunities in Davao Region and Mindanao and would complement the National Broadband Plan of the government which aims to improve internet connectivity in the country.

The Chief Executive encouraged both the public and private sectors to work together and collaborate more in developing the country’s information infrastructure.

“I encourage the private sector to do the same and join this administration in ensuring that our people can harness the power of the internet to realize their full potential,” he said.

He also assured that the government will do its part by pursuing more initiatives for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

Globe Telecom commercially launched the $250 million Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system which provides direct links between Davao and the United States for richer and enhanced international connectivity for businesses in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

The SEA-US cable system is connected to the Globe cable landing station in Brgy. Talomo, Davao City. Outside of Luzon, the undersea cable is the first direct connection of Globe to the United States via Guam, Hawaii, and California.