DICT gets partner for billion-dollar fiber network

Published May 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Emmie V. Abadilla

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recently formalized its billion-dollar partnership with HyalRoute Group’s subsidiary Philippine Fiber Optic Cable Network Ltd., Inc. (PFOCN).

HyalRoute, a Singapore-based company, is the leading provider of shared communication fiber network in Emerging Asia.

The partners inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at Quezon City, strengthening the network connectivity of the Philippines through PFOCN’s Fiber Optic Cable (FOC) Network investment valued at US$1 billion to US$2 billion to be accumulated in various phases between 2019 to 2028.

The DICT, in turn, will provide assistance to PFOCN in procuring the needed permits and licenses for the successful implementation of their initiative.

“There is a need for more fiber optic cables in this country, thus this partnership will greatly improve our telecommunication services. We can now have cable networks that anybody can use and this jives with our National Broadband Plan,” remarked Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr.

The fiber optic cable roll-out through this partnership will also form part of the DICT’s Free Public Wi-Fi network to reach the unserved and underserved areas in the country.

“We believe this investment project will greatly improve the status of communication infrastructure, particularly fiber network, while improving broadband penetration rate and speed to meet the needs of the general public,” HyalRoute Chairman Mr. Huang Xinglong added.

Fiber optic cables provide greater bandwidth capacity and allows for faster speeds with wider range. Once established, it will become the new shared network infostructure in the Philippines.