By lovely a. carillo
The ceremonial launch yesterday of the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, which landed at Globe Telecom’s cable landing station in barangay Talomo, is expected to connect the city to the world.
“This is a very important point in bringing a lot of investment in Davao especially in IT,” Globe President and CEO Ernest Cun said during the launch.
The cable landing system project that directly connects Southeast Asia and the United States with NEC Corporation as the system supplier, was made possible through a consortium of seven global telecommunications companies namely PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.
Cu said the project started five years ago and even from the start, they already got the support from then mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who represented Duterte, assured everyone that the government will do its part by pursuing more initiatives for the ICT industry.
Andanar encouraged the private sector to do the same, and ensure there are people who will harness the power of the internet and realize its full potential.
The SEA-US cable landing project is expected to minimize the country’s dependence on international cable systems. It will also prevent a repeat of the massive breakdown of major international cables in 2008 due to the Taiwan earthquake, which left the Philippines without internet connectivity for a few days.
The cable landing refers to the physical connection of the cable into the shore and into the building where the equipment is located. Through the equipment, all data signals can then be transmitted all the way from Davao to the United States.
Globe’s cable landing station in Talomo also houses the Power Feed Equipment needed to run the cable landing system. The SEA-US submarine cable system links Davao in the Philippines, Manado in Indonesia, Piti in Guam, Oahu in Hawaii, United States and Los Angeles in California, US.
When internet users in Davao City try to access a website in the US, traffic is directed to Luzon first and the Luzon areas before it goes to the US. With the cable landing system in place, the traffic no longer passes Luzon but goes directly from Davao to the US.
The cable landing project in the Philippines is expected to provide additional bandwidth to users and to improve internet speed in the city and in Mindanao.