August 19, 2017, Filed under In Focus

national broadband



LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The Pangasinan provincial board led by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr.has expressed its full support to the National Broadband Plan  (NBP) of Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte which is aimed at to developing a nationwide broadband program to accelerate the deployment of fiber optic cables and wireless technologies to improve internet speed.

During the regular session on August 14, the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) endeavored to present  a project called “Strategic Engagement and Collaboration to Undertake A Reliable and Efficient Government Internet (SECUREGovNet) in the Province of Pangasinan” and sought permission from the august body for its implementation. As such,  a 25-year usufruct agreement with local government unit of Sta. Maria for the installation of fiber optic cables is underway.

The framework agreement which was signed on December 8, 2016 has identified purpose to outline the framework of a joint development project which will be implemented through mutual beneficial collaboration and sharing of resources.

Under the framework, the DICT will be assisted by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Luzon Bypass Infrastructure’s funding and construction. DICT will then share portion of the exchanged capacity to BCDA for its economic zones.

For the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, two front hauls will be constructed in Baler, Aurora and in San Fernando, La Union as well as two cable landing stations also in the two areas. Construction of 240-km terrestrial roadwork from San Fernando to Baler will be established and four repeater stations at 50-km interval along the roadwork will also be built.

The 240-km roadwork diagram from San Fernando to Baler, will pass through to some towns in Pangasinan specifically Umingan, San Quintin, Sta. Maria, Tayug, Asingan, Binalonan and San Fabian.

The NBP was developed to address the long standing issue of Internet connection quality in the Philippines.

As presented by the DICT, the NBP over the course of 10 years (2017-2027) will have produced 4 parallel outcomes through its overall strategy of staging interventions within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. These are as follows: Accelerated Investment; Mobilized and Engaged Public and Private Sector; More Places Connected; Increased Take-Up Rate.

All government facilities, public schools, health institutions, and MSMEs will adopt current technologies and benefit from Internet connectivity. In addition to broadband infrastructures, the government will also utilize other technologies, such as spectrum frequencies and satellites for wider distribution of broadband access.

The establishment of the Philippine Integrated Infostructure (PhII) will enable the same facilities to utilize ICT services. Integration with existing infrastructure installed by big providers like PLDT, Globe, and the National Grid, will play a vital part in keeping costs down.

As a backgrounder, the Philippines marked one of the lowest Internet speeds in a State of the Internet Report released last year by U.S.-based content delivery network Akamai Technologies Inc.

Under the NBP program WIFI access shall be provided free of charge in selected public places to include parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government hospitals, train stations, airports and seaports. (Ruby R. Bernardino)





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