Globe Telecom Connects Davao to US for better PHL Internet Connectivity through the SEA-US Cable System

It's official! Last night, Globe Telecom launched the 250 million Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system. This provides direct links between Davao and the United States for better and richer internet connectivity for businesses in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

Said 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.

What does all this mean for us?

Outside of Luzon, the 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.

This also serves as a reserve connection of internet connectivity in the country. With the internet as an important necessity in our lives nowadays, it is pretty much devastating when cables are broken due to earthquakes, which can result in isolation of the Philippines for a few days in terms of internet connectivity. This incident happened last 2006 along the lines of the Taiwan Earthquake zone, and with this facility, we can still be connected to the world even if a couple of cables are broken. :D

"First world connection is more than just fast internet but is also about building a better nation that transcends borders and opens infinite possibilities for everyone. We are excited about this development because of the immense benefits that the undersea cable system will bring to the Philippines. For one, it will provide support for the expanding business requirement for data in the Mindanao reigon where the cable landing station is located and in the country as a whole. This will also ease out dependence on international cable systems and ensure the resiliency of the country's internet connectivity." said Ernest L. Cu, Globe President and CEO.

The 14,500 km SEA-US International cable system uses the latest 100 gigabits per second transmission technology to deliver an additional 20 terabits per second capacity. Said system was built by a consortium of 7 international telecommunications companies and links 5 territories, including Manado (Indonesia), Davao(Philippines), Piti(Guam), Ohau(Hawaii, United States) and Los Angeles (California, United States). Aside from this, Globe is also a member of the consortium holding the South East Asia-Japan Cable system which links 7 territories through an 8,900km cable system. Said cable system is being upgraded to bring an increase of 6.5Tb/s capacity with state of the art 100G technology.

Gobe Telecom has also made major investments in the East Asia Cable System, Asia Pacific Cab;e Network-2, Tata Global Network-Intra Asia cable system, The City to City cable system, and is also interconnected with major Trans-Pacific Cable systems that encompass the Unity, Tata Global Network-Pacific and the Japan-US Cable Network.

"On behalf of the Philippine Government, we congratulate Globe Telecom for further improving the state of internet connectivity in the Philippines. ... We look to this Globe and SEA-US project being of help to the government in realizing it's ICT roadmap." Said Department of Information and Communications Technology secretary Rodolfo Salalima.

I think this is a great start to better connectivity to the world, as the internet is now a necessity for work and in our lives nowadays. It will be beneficial for us all FIlipinos to not just focus on one part of the country to be better connected. I think if we can also focus not just on Luzon but on the other parts of the country as well we can be ensured of an enriched internet usage, and better opportunities for the country as a whole.

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