26 Mar 2013
Filipino fixed, broadband and mobile operator Globe Telecom has landed a 400km submarine fibre-optic cable in the western island province of Palawan, as it looks to drive revenue growth from business and tourism in the region. The new Palawan-Coron cable will serve as a link between Puerto Princesa City to the main Luzon island and the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, it says. Interconnectivity is provided via ultra-long haul dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) technology that is designed to accommodate transmission of 40 wavelengths at 40Gbps capacity per fibre pair, scalable to 100Gbps per fibre pair. This is equivalent to a total capacity of 19.2Tbps, which will provide Globe Telecom with sufficient bandwidth to serve customers’ data requirements for 3.5G/HSPA+ and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. The upgrade will replace Globe’s existing SDH microwave equipment and forms part of the carrier’s fibre-optic footprint which currently spans 27,000km in the archipelago.