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Pilot Run for the National Fiber Backbone by DICT

NGCP's Dark Fiber Network to be used for pilot run of the NationalFiber Backbone

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has scheduled the pilot run of the National Fiber Backbone during the 4th quarter of this year 2018.

This aims to accelerate connectivity among the different places in the country.

The project implementation, installation, and testing will activate portions of the 6,154-kilometer dark fiber network of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and will be a critical component of the DICT’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) that will interconnect the Information and Communications infrastructure of the country. The high-speed internet will connect the Government Network (GovNet) and Pipol Konek Free WiFi project that will provide free internet access to public places all over the country.

 “This signals the dawn of fulfilling our promise to the Filipinos in providing them with better connectivity,” said DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr.

The point-to-point routes will include seven localities namely, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Batangas, Mindoro, Albay, Camarines Sur, Cagayan, and Bohol. This will test the NGCP’s Optical Groundwire (OPGW) and the latest optical transport technologies currently available in the market.

Validation of the pilot project will then serve as the prototype for the National Fiber Backbone which was approved with a Tripartite Agreement between the DICT, NGCP and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) which was signed last June 2018.

The TransCo-owned backbone grid is being prepared in anticipation for the completion of the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure (LBI) next year. The backbone will serve as the distribution network for the 2-million Mbps of data capacity coming from the state-owned international landing stations. 

A Php2.0 billion proposed budget for 2019 was submitted by the DICT to accelerate the NBP’s implementation, including the utilization of the backbone network.

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