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PH government teams up with Facebook to build high-speed internet infrastructure

Philippine government and Facebook teamed up to build high-speed internet infrastructure expected to be completed in 2019.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) issued a joint statement and state-owned firm Bases Conversion and Development and Development Authority (BCDA) announced the good news.

BCDA will build 250 km two cable landing stations which they called Luzon Bypass Infrastructure. It will connect east and west costs of Luzon.

As part of the agreement, Facebook will be utilizing 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”, according to BCDA.

PH BCDA Facebook DICT high speed internet

According to DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio Jr., the department will be operating the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure for 25 years. DICT will be in-charge for its maintenance and operation. And provide the related facilities up to last mile connectivity in the Philippines.

With its speed of at least two million megabits per second (mbps), or two terabits per second (tbps), it’s estimated to be a combined speed PLDT Smart and Globe, two giant internet providers in the country. Philippines currently ranked as second slowest and most expensive internet connections markets in the world. This has been proven by Alibaba founder Jack Ma himself, saying PH internet was not good.

Source : BCDA Facebook.


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