MANILA, Sept 28 (Mabuhay)– President Benigno S. Aquino III led the launch Friday night of Globe Telecom’s $400 million Southeast Asia-Japan Submarine Cable System that is expected to enhance telecommunication connectivity between the Philippines and the rest of the world.
In his message during the event held at the Globe Tower in Taguig City, the President thanked the telecom company for modernizing its infrastructure to the benefit of the Filipino public as well as the country’s economy.
“For all this, I extend my gratitude and congratulations to Globe. Hand in hand with your ongoing Network Modernization Program, I am extremely confident that you will improve your services even more,” the President said.
“It makes me optimistic that, soon enough, other telecommunications companies will follow suit and help provide the nation seamless and reliable connectivity.”
According to the President, Globe has lived up to its brand with the launching of the new project. He expressed hope that the company would continue working to make the latest technological innovations available to the Philippines especially for future generations.
The submarine cable system, which spans at least 8,900 kilometers underwater, will strengthen the region’s connectivity with other cable systems. It was laid out to avoid quake prone areas in the Pacific to protect the region during strong earthquakes.
In 2006, connectivity in Asia was compromised when two earthquakes off the coast of Taiwan damaged the cables.
With this modern telecom infrastructure, the President said he expects more reliable text messaging and voice services, and higher-speed Internet links between the countries linked with the Globe’s system.
The President said the banking and the BPO sectors will also benefit from this improved communications capacities, adding that it will become another selling point for the country’s growing fields like medical transcription, engineering services, and animation.
This will also greatly enhance the government’s capabilities to serve the people, he added. For instance, the cable system broadens its access to government services such as Project NOAH—or the National Operational Assessment of Hazards, which allows the public to be more informed about disaster mitigation.
Improved access to the internet also means easier public access to timely updates from government agencies such as PAGASA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the Official Gazette, the President said.
He pointed out that the system will also make it easier for the 10 million Filipinos living or working abroad to connect with their relatives here in the Philippines, strengthening family ties.
“And many of us have corresponded with a relative working in a faraway country, trying to make life better for their loved ones back home. What this cable promises us goes beyond infrastructure; it promises to make the Philippines—a country with 10 million overseas workers—a country even more closely knit than before,” the President concluded. (MNS)