Underwater cable to connect Philippines to the US

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SEA-US Cable systemGlobal telecommunications companies partner to install a new cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia and the United States. The Southeast Asia – United States “SEA-US” underwater cable system is a collaborative project of Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom Philippines, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.

The SEA-US underwater cable system project will be connected to domestic telecommunication’s backbone in Indonesia, Philippines and the United States (US). The underwater cable system will provide unmatched latency in internet connectivity from Southeast Asia to the United States.

Gil Genio, Chief Operating Officer for International and Business Markets of Globe Telecom Philippines stated that “Our country has become the preferred destination for the outsourcing and offshoring industry, including major call centers, business process outsourcing (BPO) providers, global financial institutions and a host of other multinationals that require very large bandwidth.  We have also seen the explosion of the mobile Internet, enabling a new lifestyle for our mobile customers and businesses. The SEA-US project will enable the Philippines meet tomorrow’s 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.”

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The SEA-US submarine cable system will link Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States) and Los Angeles (California, United States). The system will be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, avoiding earthquake prone areas in East Asia, and thereby helping to ensure stable connectivity.

The 250 million (US) dollar project will be completed by the end of 2016 (as planned) and expected to provide an additional 20Tb per second capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the United States with state-of-the-art 100G internet technology. This capacity will cater the exponential growth of bandwidth demand between and among linked countries.

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