Globe Telecom Inc. said Thursday it has partnered with ICT solutions provider Eastern Communications and digital solutions provider InfiniVAN to build the $ 150 million Philippine Domestic Submarine Cable Network (PDSCN).
According to Globe, the home fiber network aims to improve mobile and broadband connectivity and to fiber previously diverted areas in the country’s three main island groups.
“We are doing this so that our customers have equal access to connectivity, wherever they are in the country,” said Arlene Jallorina, vice president of Globe Business.
PDSCN has a total cable distance of approximately 2,500 kilometers or approximately the same distance between Manila and Singapore. It will land at several points across the country, including Sorsogon, Masbate, Marinduque, Camiguin, Siargao, Boracay and Zamboanga, for submarine laying in 24 segments over the next nine months.
Globe said that when completed, this will be the “longest submarine fiber cable network in the country”.
The segments for the undersea cable network are expected to be completed by April 2023 and the fiber links will be activated thereafter.
“Providing equal access to mobile and internet connectivity in all parts of the country has been our dream and, through this cooperation, we are finally at the pinnacle of realizing this goal,” said Eastern Communications Coordinator Vince Tempongko.
In February, Globe announced that it had allocated £ 89 billion to its capital expenditure (capex) program this year.
The amount, just 4% less than capital expenditure of P92.8 billion in 2021, an all-time high for Globe, will be used to build more cellular sites, upgrade existing ones, deploy 4G and 5G radios, and add more. fiber lines across the country, the company said.
Last year, Globe aggressively expanded its fixed and wireless networks, building 1,407 new cellular sites, upgraded over 22,300 mobile sites, installed more than 2,000 5G radios, and installed 1.4 million fiber lines at home.