GlobeTel Singapore Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned unit of Globe Telecom, has secured a facilities-based operations (FBO) license to provide international cable and other telecommunications services in the city-state. GlobeTel Singapore is a wholly owned subsidiary of GTI Business Holdings, Inc. which is in turn a wholly owned subsidiary of Globe.
GlobeTel Singapore’s offer to provide international cable services will help strengthen connectivity between Singapore and the Philippines and provide support for businesses operating in the two countries. Service offers by GlobeTel Singapore will also provide alternate and redundant cable paths from Singapore to Hong Kong and Japan transiting the Philippines, further strengthening connectivity within the region.
Globe Telecom’s expansion of its operation in Singapore is in line with the telecommunication company’s goal to develop other growth areas within the ASEAN to complement relatively strong economic growth within the region. This year, the ASEAN Economic Community sets in motion the creation of single market and production base for the 10-nation bloc fostering free flow of goods, services, skilled labor, investments and capital. The ASEAN member countries include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
In recent years, Globe has been strengthening its network infrastructure in line with such goal. Recently, the Ayala-led telco provider joined a consortium of seven international telecommunication companies for the construction of a new submarine cable system directly connecting Southeast Asia and the United States (SEA-US). Expected for completion in the last quarter of 2016 at project cost of approximately $250 million, the SEA-US undersea cable system will provide superior latency, delivering an additional 20Terabits per/second capacity, utilizing the latest 100 gigabits per second transmission equipment. Such additional capacity will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth between the two continents.
Linking five areas and territories that include Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States) and Los Angeles (California, United States), the SEA-US project will be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, provides route diversity from the North Pacific, avoiding earthquake prone areas in East Asia. The cable system is expected to provide more efficient connectivity to approximately 1.5 billion people.
In addition to the SEA-US cable system, Globe is also a member of an international consortium of telecommunications and technology companies operating the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system., Globe has also made investments in the East Asia Cable system (EAC) , Asia Pacific Cable Network-2 (APCN2), Tata Global Network–Intra Asia cable system (TGN-IA), the City to City cable system (C2C) and is interconnected with major Trans-Pacific Cable systems, which encompasses the Unity, Tata Global Network-Pacific, (TGN-P) and the Japan-US Cable Network (U-US).