China’s Huawei Marine Networks has announced the completion of the Boracay-Palawan Submarine Cable System (BPSCS) for Globe Telecom in the Philippines. The domestic link comprises a total length of over 330km and consists of two segments; one linking Boracay and Caticlan, and the other linking Taytay, Palawan and San Jose, Mindoro with a branching unit towards the island of Coron. The new link forms part of Globe’s USD700 million nationwide modernisation initiative and replaces its existing SDH microwave equipment with fibre-optic technology using DWDM technology in these two vital areas of growth in the Philippines. Further, Globe says that the BPSCS rollout now forms part of the fibre-optic footprint currently spanning 30,000km, stretching from Aparri to the Zamboanga region, and will extend further as modernisation progresses. The system is designed to accommodate transmission of 40 wavelengths at 40Gbps capacity per fibre pair, scalable to 100Gbps per fibre pair. This is equivalent to 19.2Tbps, which will provide sufficient bandwidth to serve customers’ data telecommunications requirements such as for 3.5G/HSPA+ and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) services.