DICT lays redundant system for resilient national broadband


The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has launched a redundant system designed to make the first phase of the Government’s National Broadband Program (NBP) more resilient.


MANILA — The DICT said the so-called “resiliency route” is supplemental infrastructure that will serve as a redundancy and protection loop connecting to the international gateway access through Singapore.

“Providing fast, reliable, and affordable digital connectivity to our country’s centers of economic activity is central to our efforts to rebuild the economy, which has been severely affected by the pandemic,” says DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan III its launch.

The NBP aims to trigger policy and regulatory reforms, investing in broadband infrastructure such as the national fiber backbone, and stimulate broadband demand.

The supplemental infrastructure or resiliency route for Phase 1 of the NBP is part of the ongoing efforts of DICT “to future-proof the program,” says Mr Honasan.

“This will play an integral role in the continuity of internet connectivity to the busiest areas of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao, and soon every Filipino, bridging the digital divide,” the DICT explains in a statement.

The DICT disclosed that the national fiber backbone component has three phases: lighting up fiber on the national electrical transmission system; constructing domestic submarine fiber to connect Luzon to the Visayas and the Visayas to Mindanao; and completing the national fiber backbone with multiple loops. (JD/Headline PH)


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