NGCP, DICT ink deal on fiber optic network use for national broadband
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has partnered with the National Grid Corp of the Philippines and the National Transmission Corp. to accelerate the implementation of the government’s national broadband plan.
Under the agreement, DICT will gain access to certain fiber optic cores, vacant lots, tower space and related facility of NGCP, the current concessionaire of the Transco grid.
The total length of the dark fiber network is 6,154 kilometers, spanning from Luzon to Mindanao.
“We express our commitment to serve this nation with this partnership with DICT and Transco.
We welcome this opportunity to take part in the government’s national broadband plan to address the long standing issue of Internet connection quality in the Philippines,” said NGCP chairman Anthony Almeda.
With this partnership, the NBP, the agency’s blueprint in speeding up the deployment of fiber optic cables in the country, is coming to fruition as the NGCP’s transmission facilities can act as the network backbone interconnected with the soon-to-be constructed Luzon bypass infrastructure.
The two major broadband projects, once completed, will save up time, manpower and resources of the government of about $2.6 billion, while helping address the need for faster and more affordable internet connectivity in the country.