Globe Telecom switches on Davao’s power feed equipment facility for the country’s first undersea cable system, which directly connects the northern Philippines to the rest of the world.
Globe Telecom Incorporated has switched on its power feed equipment in Davao City, which forms part of the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) cable landing facility, connecting the northern Philippines to the rest of the world.
Globe Telecom said in a statement that it is positioning Davao in the global connectivity map by aggressively building on its network infrastructure in the city, which includes the construction of the Philippine end of an international undersea cable system.
“Both facilities (data center and undersea cable) will help underpin local economic growth as it will provide support for the expanding business requirement for data not only in Mindanao region but also in the country as a whole,” Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu said.
“Both the data center and the undersea cable systems are critical in ensuring the resiliency of the country’s internet connectivity with the rest of world, particularly US, where much of internet content is sourced,” Cu added.
The Globe Telecom chief said these facilities will provide the ideal information technology (IT) infrastructure and international connectivity requirement of enterprises in Luzon and Visayas. (READ: PLDT to complete ICT projects in Davao)
“Enterprises located in northern and central Philippines may consider the data center as the primary site for Mindanao and secondary site of Luzon and Visayas in the event of natural or man-made disasters,” Cu said.
Situated in the same location as the SEA-US cable landing station, Globe’s data center will cater to BPOs, financial institutions, internet service providers, and other content providers in the southern Philippines.
Meanwhile, Cu said the SEA-US cable system will ease the country’s dependence on international cable systems.
“This could prevent a repeat of a 2008 incident where major international cables were broken because of the Taiwan earthquake. As a result, the Philippines became isolated for a few days in terms of internet connectivity,” Globe said in the statement.
To date, Globe has already completed the construction of the Davao power feed equipment, a facility that will address the energy requirement of the SEA-US cable system.
Costing around $250 million, the SEA-US undersea cable system will deliver an additional 20 terabits per/second capacity, utilizing the latest 100 gigabits per second transmission technology.
Such additional capacity will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between the two continents.
The SEA-US cable is being built by a consortium of 7 international telecommunications companies.
Globe Telecom is also rolling out a fiber optic cable system in the country.
The Ayala-led telco said it plans to create an “internet superhighway” by deploying fiber in 20,000 barangays by 2020 and providing “ultra-fast internet access” to around two million homes nationwide.