Globe Telecom inaugurated on November 15, 2001 its US$25-million (PhP1.3-billion) cable landing station and backhaul facility in Nasugbu, Batangas which is part of the company's participation in the transnational City-to-City (C2C) Cable Network Project.


The cable landing station will house the transmission equipment that will connect the Philippines to a 17,000-kilometer long cable network linking Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore. C2C proponents are, likewise, looking at possible extensions to Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Aside from the US$25-million infrastructure cost, Globe is also pouring in another US$40-million (PhP 2 billion) into the project---US$20 million for capacity and US$20 million for equity.

"With the completion of this cable station, Globe becomes the first of the new carriers in the country to have successfully built a cable landing station and landed an international submarine cable into it," said John Young, Globe Vice President for Carrier Business.

He explained that the company built the cable landing station for the main purpose of landing the C2C cable network.

The C2C project is regarded as one of the largest networks in the world in terms of capacity, with a design capacity of 7.68 Terabits or trillion of bits per second (Tbps) and the ability to carry more than 90 million conversations simultaneously.

Spearheaded by Singapore Telecom, C2C is Globe's first major venture in submarine cable operations.

The complete C2c cable network is expected to be finished by end-December 2001 although a large portion connecting the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan will be available for commercial activation much earlier. Globe started construction of the cable landing station in October 2000.

Young said that Globe is also in the final stages of building a fiber-optic link or a backhaul facility that will connect the cable station to the central business district of Makati.

The fiber-optic link is a 300-kilometer direct-buried ring that will provide what is called in-system redundancy.

Construction of the C2C Cable Network was conducted by Tycom Contracting Limited and KDD-SCS.

The cable landings for the three cables in the Philippines (one connecting to Hongkong, the second connecting to Japan and the third connecting to Singapore) were completed on July 2.

C2C is a private cable which allows Globe, SingTel and other participating firms the option to sell capacity to carriers, Internet service providers, and other end-users on a wholesale basis.

Other participants in the region's first private cable system include NCIC of Taiwan, iAdvantage of HK, KDDI and KDDI-SCS of Japan, GNG Networks of Korea, Tyco, and Norwest Ventures of the US.