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Globe completes
int’l cable system

Globe Telecom said it has expanded its international network by activating capacity on a cable system to serve the rising data demand of enterprises and large corporations.

In a statement, the Ayala-led telco said the Unity Cable System is a Trans-Pacific cable that runs a span of 9,620 kilometers between Japan and the United States.

Globe said Unity Cable has one of the lowest latencies across the Pacific and provides direct connections for internet traffic between Asia and the US.

Completed last March 30, the Unity Cable has 960Gbps or a total of 96 10G wavelengths capacity.

Globe activated its first Unity circuit as early as the third quarter of last year through Globe Business to serve the needs of its enterprise customers.

Globe also invested in other Trans-Asian cables such as the Tata Global Network-Intra Asia Cable System that connects the Philippines to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and Unity Cable System provides Globe onward connectivity to the US allowing increased redundancy for the Globe network.

Globe also invested about $60 million for the construction of the Southeast Asia Japan Cable system.

The total construction cost of SJC amounted to $400 million and would be shared by the members of the consortium.

Besides Globe, the other members of the consortium include Google (USA), KDDI (Japan), Network i2i (Bharti Airtel, India), Reliance Globalcom (through FLAG Pacific Ltd., Bermuda) and Telemedia Pacific Inc. Ltd. (Hong Kong/Indonesia).

The SJC system, measuring 8,300 kilometers, will initially link Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan.

It uses wavelength transmission technology that has a design capacity of 17 terabits per second that could be upgraded to 23 Tbps — the highest in the world. About 1.2 Tbps to 2 Tbps will be going through the Philippine branch.

The SJC is targeted to be operational by the second quarter of 2012.

The company’s first landing station is in Nasugbu, Batangas, which became operational in 2001.*PNA



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