PT&T, Transco ink MOU on use of dark fiber to bolster third telco bid
Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. signed an agreement with the National Transmission Corp. (Transco) for the potential use of dark fiber in building a nationwide broadband network.
The MOU calls for the creation of a technical working group that will confirm and validate the result the technical feasibility study previously conducted by PT&T on the viability of the project.
This gives PT&T a head start should it secure the third telco slot being bidded out by the government.
The technical feasibility study was presented to the Transco Board to demonstrate on how PT&T can connect the existing network of Fiber Optic Cables to the power grid.
PT&T said utilizing the dark fiber in the grid would allow them to have a true national backbone that can rival that of PLDT and Globe Telecom.
“The MOU puts us one critical step closer to having a national fiberoptic backbone. We have begun looking at this from a technical standpoint more than a year ago, knowing that it would take time to develop a national/regional roll out plan that includes this backbone. This was before the 3rd telco discussion began to take shape in November of last year,” said Miguel Bitanga, COO of PT&T.
“With the 3rd telco bidding, all this means is we save on time should we be awarded and can effectively roll out this segment of a cellular network more quickly. Without cellular/3rd telco it gives our fixed broadband plans greater access to more areas nationwide,” he added.