By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno, Pacific Daily News

GTA has joined a consortium of global communications companies that's building a $250 million undersea cable system linking Southeast Asia and the U.S. mainland — via Guam and Hawaii.

The undersea fiber-optic cable will span close to 10,000 miles, the consortium said in a statement.

Known as the SEA-U.S. submarine cable system, it will link Manado, Indonesia; Davao, in the Philippines; Piti, Guam; Oahu, Hawaii; and Los Angeles.

The system will avoid earthquake-prone areas in East Asia, helping to ensure stable connectivity, the consortium announced. The consortium members signed the agreement on Aug. 28 in Indonesia.

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