GLOBE Telecom Inc. on Thursday said it was building two more submarine cable landing stations in the country to serve the data requirements of large cloud service providers.
Ernest Cu, Globe Group president and chief executive officer, said the Philippines had the potential to be the next key data center hub in Southeast Asia since it was strategically positioned to capitalize on shifting dynamics in the region.
“Location-wise, we are in the middle of Southeast Asia, not far from most capitals in the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations),” Cu said in a statement.
“With the added connectivity, with the added data center capacity, we believe that the Philippines will become a great alternative now for the many hyperscalers that have to serve the region,” he added.
Globe earlier joined a consortium for the planned $300-million Asia Link Cable system, an international subsea cable system. This move is expected to boost its connectivity capabilities as it shifts to a digital solutions platform.
The trans-Asian subsea cable system, stretching about 6,000 kilometers, will interconnect the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brunei, providing additional capacity to cater to traffic within Asia and boost resiliency for international traffic.
Globe is eyeing Luna, La Union, as a landing station. It currently operates landing stations in Ballesteros in Cagayan; Nasugbu, Batangas; and Barangay Taloma in Davao City.
In catering to hyperscalers, meanwhile, Globe said it had already taken proactive steps through ST Telemedia Global Data Centers (Philippines), a joint venture between Globe, Ayala Corp. and Singapore-based ST Telemedia Global Data Centers (STT GDC).
“We started off by looking for a very capable partner in STT GDC,” Cu said. “They share our vision and optimism about the market, and so we’re building our data centers that will be located throughout the Philippines.”
“The largest of these centers will be in Fairview, Quezon City, and is expected to be online in the first quarter of 2025,” he added.
The construction of the Fairview site, with a capacity of 124 megawatts, is said to be progressing as planned. STT GDC Philippines has also revealed expansion plans across its three existing data centers located in Makati, Cavite and Quezon City.
Globe’s share price dropped by P40 to P1,780 on Thursday.