The statement given by Davao Councilor Bernard Al-ag, who represented City Mayor Sara Duterte during the cable landing ceremony, defines what it is like for us in the Information Age:
The primary source of information now for many people is the internet so the city government of Davao is very happy with this development. This will definitely benefit Davao City especially the service sector such as Business Process Outsourcing and Banking and Finance as well as the whole Philippines. Thank you very much for the trust you placed in Davao’s local government and for choosing Davao as a place to invest in.
So when Globe Telecom successfully landed the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system in Brgy. Talomo, Davao City, it aims for the country to have better internet connectivity.
Globe VP for Sourcing & Int’l Facilities Investments Arlene Jallorina (right) and Globe VP for Enterprise Product Management Cindy Salaya (2nd from right) lead the pulling of the SEA-US cable in Brgy. Talomo, Davao City
The landing station in Brgy. Talomo houses the Power Feed Equipment that is necessary to run the system. The SEA-US cable system consortium, with the participation of Globe, links five areas, including: Manado, Indonesia; Davao, Philippines; Piti, Guam; Oahu, Hawaii, US; and Los Angeles, California, US.
The 14,000-kilometer cable system will consist of two fiber pairs with an initial design capacity of 20 terabits per second and will use the latest in submarine fiber-optic technology with 100 gigabits per second transmission equipment per pair, putting the project at a cost of around 250million USD.
It is expected to ease the country’s dependence on international cable systems routed through Luzon and prevent a repeat of the 2008 incident that left the Philippines isolated for a few days in terms of internet connectivity, when major international cables were broken due to the Taiwan earthquake.
“We are excited over this development since it won’t take long before we can finally address the rising demand for internet services from businesses in the Philippines”
said Mike Frausing, Globe Business Senior Advisor.
In addition, Globe Business Davao Data Center aims to address ICT requirements of major trade and industry centers in Mindanao region; in preparation, will cater to BPOs, financial institutions, internet service providers and other context providers in southern Philippines.