The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) sealed its partnership with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) for the utilization of spare optical fiber to boost the implementation of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).

Signaling another major development in improving the country’s connectivity, DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio, Jr., NGCP Chairman and CEO Anthony L. Almeda, and TransCo President and CEO Melvin A. Matibag led the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on 8 June 2018 at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

“We express our commitment to serve this nation with partnership with the DICT ad TransCo,” said Mr. Almeda. “We welcome this opportunity to take part of th National broadband Plan of the government to address the long withstanding issue of the internet connection quality of the Philippines.”

“This is seven years in the making. Coming to this agreement, we had a lot of arguments and disagreements, but despite all of these things, we are all here together to sign the agreement,” said Mr. Matibag.

“This is the fruit of years of shared determination to make a resounding impact for the Philippines, and for the Filipinos,” said Acting Secretary Rio.

In the Agreement, the DICT received an indefeasible right of use and/or access in certain spare Fiber Optic Cores (FOCs), vacant lots, tower space and related facilities of the NGCP, the current concessionaire of the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo)-owned grid. The total length of the dark fiber network is 6,154 kilometers, spanning from Luzon to Mindanao.

With this development, the NBP, the Department’s blueprint in accelerating 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 to-be constructed Luzon Bypass Infrastructure.

The two major broadband projects, once completed, will save up time, manpower, and resources for the government, approximately 2.6 billion US dollars, while helping address the need for faster and more affordable internet connectivity in the country.