PLDT, Smart building fiber-optic link in VisMin, Palawan

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The VisMin facility, which will be completed by September 2013, will be initially equipped with 210 Gbps (Gigabits per second). ?We have fast-tracked this particular project because the demand for broadband services ? both from consumers and businesses ? is growing rapidly in the Visayas and Mindanao areas,? PLDT and Smart head of network and IP systems Rolando G. Pe?a said in a statement. ?At this point, PLDT and Smart already have over 54,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cable assets over the country ? several times larger than the resources available to the competition,? he added. The project involves laying down a total of about 450 kms of fiber-optic cables from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro City. A little over 300 kilometers of that cable will be inland while another 150 kilometers will be submarine links in the sea between Cebu and Bohol and between Bohol and Misamis Oriental. The new fiber-optic link to Bohol will provide 20 Gbps of capacity to the island. The link to Mindanao will carry 190 Gbps of capacity. ?Bohol has been trying to get investors to set up call centers in the province for the past several years. But the lack of robust communications infrastructure has been an obstacle,? Pena said. Improved communications will also benefit Bohol?s successful tourism program, which has been growing steadily over the past few years. Tourist arrivals at the island hit the 550,000 mark last year, up from about 460,000 in 2009. The number is expected to rise further as more visitors take to the province?s famous beach resorts and eco-tourism attractions. ?More and more tourists now routinely expect to have internet access in their hotels, or on their smartphones, laptops or tablets. With the fiber link to Bohol, we will be better able to support high-speed mobile and fixed broadband,? Pena said. The project will also add a third leg to the two fiber-optic highways already connecting Mindanao to the rest of the country via PLDT?s domestic fiber-optic network (DFON). One existing link runs from Cebu to Negros Oriental and then on to Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, while the other starts in Cebu and then connects Leyte and then Butuan, Caraga region. ?By adding a third fiber link to Mindanao, we will be able to continue providing service in Mindanao even if we suffer two breaks in our transmission networks connecting the island,? Pena explained. The Palawan link, meanwhile, is slated for completion in the first half of 2013, with the new transmission network having an initial capacity of 400 Gbps. ?Better communications will boost Palawan?s booming P4-billion tourism industry and also be a boon to schools, banks, hospitals, small businesses and government agencies which can operate more efficiently using fast and reliable communications,? Pe?a said. Jointly managed by PLDT and Smart, the project involves laying down nearly 300 kilometers of undersea FOC cable from Iloilo to northern Palawan plus another 364 kilometers of FOC cable inland to Puerto Princesa City. This system will connect Palawan to PLDT?s nationwide domestic fiber-optic transmission network. The first land-based transmission backbone serving Palawan was built by Smart in 2004. This used microwave radio to transmit data and made it possible for Smart to offer multimedia messaging and mobile Internet on top of voice calls and SMS. According to local government estimates, the number of tourists in Puerto Princesa jumped from about 160,000 in 2007 to over 500,000 in 2011. Expectations are the number will breach the 700,000-mark this year. By 2014, Palawan hopes to attract a million visitors. ]]>

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