Globe signs deal to link Palau to SEA-US cable

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The Philippines' Globe Telecom and Indonesia's Telin have signed agreements to  interconnect the Republic of Palau in Micronesia with the SEA-US cable.

Globe and the Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) have signed an agreement to interconnect a fiber spur under construction from Palau will be interconnected wit the SEA-US for onward transport to Guam.

A similar agreement has been signed between representatives of Telin and the Federated States of Micronesia during a signing ceremony witnessed by Palau president Tommy Remengesau Jr.

“We are excited about the commissioning of the SEA-US Cable because of its immense benefits to the Philippines. Additionally, we are proud to be able to provide the Republic of Palau with first world internet connectivity through this interconnection agreement,” Globe CEO Ernest Cu said.

The interconnection agreements provide for five 100Gbps wavelengths between Palau and Guam, more than 1,000 times the current available capacity.

“The submarine fiber network will be critical to so many aspects of our life in Palau, from healthcare to education, from social networking to business. With the BSCC network expected to be in service before the end of the year, Palau is on the move,” president Remengesau said.

The $250 million SEA-US cable system will span 14,000km between California, Hawaii, Guam, the Philippines and Indoesia. Construction commenced on the cable in March 2015 and the system appears to be nearing completion.

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