Last Tuesday, Yuga blogged about Globe Telecom’s new cable system which is a joint project with Tata Communications called Tata Global Network – Intra Asia (TGN-IA). The new cable system now connects Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Japan to the Philippines and will offer a total capacity of 3.84 Terabits per second.
It’s a good thing that it has been laid around areas not prone to earthquakes, remember the Taiwan quake of 2006 which practically rendered Globe’s internet services useless? Hopefully this will never happen again with this new cable system.
Also according to Yuga, here are the following benefits for us consumers:
- Much less congestion in Globe’s network so subscribers are able to achieve their allocated bandwidth speeds.
- Reduced latency for business customers. This is good for VOIP and network gaming. The route between Singapore to Japan will now have the lowest latency in Asia at only 63ms.
- Alternative international cable network that will reduce incidents (like connectivity failures and congestions) caused by natural disasters like the Taiwan earthquake of 2006.
Question now is, would this be really felt by Globe broadband customers? Would we finally get the prescribed bandwidth allocation we are paying for?
I’ll be keeping a close eye on my internet speeds for a couple of weeks to see if the new cable system has been good to my connection, otherwise, a possible increase on broadband subscription rates to recover Globe’s $90 milllion spent for this project would not be acceptable.