MANILA, Philippines – Ayala-led Globe Telecom is investing more than $80 million for an undersea cable system project in collaboration with six other international telecommunication companies.
The cable system aims to link Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and the Philippines to Guam, Hawaii and California in the United States.
Globe chief operation officer Gil Genio said the Southeast Asia-US (SEA-US) project, which costs approximately $250 million, will enable Globe to meet growing bandwidth demands in the future.
“The SEA-US project will enable Globe to meet tomorrow’s growing bandwidth needs and is part of our effort to provide a great customer experience on their mobile and other devices, as well as add even more diverse options for companies to connect to the US,” said Genio.
He added that the cable system will further strengthen Globe’s network resiliency ensuring seamless connectivity, which is vital in supporting the country’s booming business process outsourcing industry.
The project is expected to be completed in the last quarter of 2016.
Aside from Globe, other members of the SEA-US consortium are PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, Telkom USA, GTI Corp., RAM Telecom International, Teleguam Holdings, and Hawaiian Telcom.
The project, which will be undertaken by NEC, is expected to provide more efficient connectivity to approximately 1.5 billion people.