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PH Gov and Facebook team up to build ultra high-speed broadband




The DICT and BCDA have announced a project called Luzon Bypass Infrastructure with Facebook as the first party utilizing the infrastructure. This project will provide high-speed broadband infrastructure at a much affordable price. The BLI project is expected to be completed and operational by end of 2019.

The Bases Conversion Development Authority will build the LBI that is comprised of two cable landing stations connected by a 250-km long cable network corridor.

As the first party to utilize the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, Facebook will construct and operate a submarine cable system that will land in the cable stations on the East and West Coasts of Luzon. The cable will provide direct connections from Luzon to Internet hubs in the United States and Asia.

DICT, will operate the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, maintain the related facilities and provide last mile connectivity in the Philippines.

The total bandwidth of this spectrum is expected to reach as much as 2 million Mbps (2,000 Gbps).

Previous reports from government agencies have indicated that the government is planning to build the 3rd player to compete against the current duopoly of PLDT and Globe. This could be just the first steps in that direction.

Source: PTV



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10 Responses

  1. CallMiss says:

    Net neutrality.

  2. Why says:

    Always Luzon…. im from the visayas….

    • T says:

      this is why we need federalism

    • daichan says:

      Lahat naman po kasama dyan.. nagkataon lang po na luzon ang napaglagakan ng mga undersea cables.. lahat naman po ng pilipino ang makikinabang sa project na ito **if ever na matuloy po sya.

    • Maky says:

      It will have a nationwide coverage. Luzon will be the ground zero and the govt. will start building infra needed asap so that the service will be nationwide. As projected it will be functional in 2019.

  3. jayb says:

    this is good. many small ISP can use these submarine cables and will not rely n Duopoly telcos. It is easy for new players to build network as they dont need to spend money for building cables. I think, PLDT and Globe will utilise these government facilities for additional capacity.

  4. Josh_Stark says:

    I’m still looking forward to what pres. Duterte said that if these duopoly did not provide better internet service to us Filipinos they will face competitor.. I hope this projects continue for the sake of the Filipinos.. This is the solution for poor broadband and wireless internet service.

  5. Maky says:

    It will have a nationwide coverage. Luzon will be the ground zero and the govt. will start building infra needed asap so that the service will be nationwide. As projected it will be functional in 2019.

  6. des says:

    obviously LUZON is composed of a big chunk of land rather than VISAYAS, which is composed of islands, its far much easier to expand in land than with sea.

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