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CONFIRMED: Philippine Government to Work with Facebook to Provide Faster Internet Access

The administration of Pres. Rody Duterte proved once and for all that they are doing everything to improve the slower internet connection problems in the Philippine by working with some of the world's most popular internet company like Facebook.



According to the latest press release of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the agency together with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) launched their project called Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, with Facebook as the first party utilizing the infrastructure.

The highly anticipated project will build an ultra high speed information highway that will greatly improve the speed, affordability and accessibility of broadband Internet throughout the country. It is expected to be online at the end of 2019, according to DICT and BCDA.

The BCDA will be in charge of building the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, consisting of two calbe landing stations by a 250-km long cable network corridor. The Luzon Bypass Infrastructure leverages the geographical advantage of the Philippines by providing a terrestrial bypass route for international submarine cable owners seeking diversity from the Luzon Strait, which has a history of multiple simultaneous submarine cable breaks.

Facebook, the world's largest and most popular social media company will be the first party to utulize the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure as they will also construct and operate a submarine cable system that will land in the cable stations on the East and West Coast of Luzon.

The cable line will provide direct connections from Luzon to Internet hubs in the United States and Asia. The newly-formed government agency, DICT, ill operate the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, maintain the related facilities and provide last mile connectivity in the Philippines.

In exchange for utilizing the bypass infrastructure, Facebook will provide the Philippine Government with spectrum equivalent to at least 2 million Mbps, significantly expanding the capacity available for the Government’s connectivity programs.

Source: PIA

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