Globe Telecom has launched the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system which is worth $250-million in Davao City as part of their commitment to provide faster transmission, more efficient connectivity and greater network resiliency in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar led the ceremony by thanking Globe Telecom in behalf of the President Rodrigo Duterte. He said, “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.”

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 a faster transmission of data to the US. This is a part of Globe’s expenditure to expand and enhance their services to Mindanao, their other efforts include the establishment of a data center in Davao City to comply with the needs of the growing information and communications technology requirements of BPOs, financial institutions, internet service providers and other content providers in the Southern Philippines.

Globe invested USD80 million for this new undersea cable system. This is on top of the $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 a more pervasive mobile LTE data, internet speeds have markedly improved based on international benchmarking studies.

The Globe President and CEO, Mr. Ernest L. Cu said that he is looking forward to see how opportunities in businesses can prosper with a global competitive internet connectivity at cost-efficient rate, and also with the aid of effort by the government.

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 7 international telecommunications companies and 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).