DICT – NGCP broadband program talks continue

NGCP and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) continues its partnership talks as members of the DICT were invited to visit NGCP’s Dasmarinas Substation on Wednesday, May 17. DICT Undersecretary Denis Villorente and other DICT officials were given a tour of NGCP’s Dasmarinas substation by NGCP Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Anthony Almeda.

The visit follows previous coordination meetings in support of the national broadband program. “NGCP is pleased to welcome DICT to its Dasmarinas Substation, as we are eager to showcase the availability of our facilities and push this initiative of bringing high-speed internet nationwide. NGCP’s wide fiber optic network and related resources are ready to support this priority program under Pres.

Duterte’s administration. We are confident that with these continuing talks, we can look forward to the program’s expedited implementation,” stated NGCP. As the country’s sole power transmission operator, NGCP has existing fiber optic facilities that run across all three grids: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

This fiber optic network is used primarily for internal communication purposes, particularly to enable real time communication between its facilities, and with generators for and distribution utilities. The company has stated its support, through the leasing of the unused portions of its fiber optic lines, for government efforts to upgrade the country’s internet speed and shorten the amount of time needed to complete the project. NGCP clarified that the spare capacity in NGCP’s fiber optic lines may only support part of the broadband network. “Given that the lines’ primary function is for the communication between power transmission facilities, only the unused portions are available to government or third parties, and may support only part of the national broadband network at the scale and magnitude contemplated by government.

It may not have the telecommunications-grade redundancies and last-mile connections, or the final leg of telecommunications networks that deliver services to the end-users. NGCP assures that its unused fiber optic capacity will be made available to fill in the needs of the program,” stated the company. NGCP and DICT are currently coordinating for further collaboration.

Follow-up meetings, facility tours, and a draft contract for a prospective partnership on the national broadband are also in the works.

NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.

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