Gov?t-owned fiber-optic networks in Manila, Cebu almost complete — DOST

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FOC In January this year, Newsbytes.PH reported that the DOST was setting up a 154-kilometer fiber-optic network that runs on the infrastructure of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT). The report also said the government allotted P89 million for the project, with an additional amount also set aside for maintenance since the operation and upkeep of the facility will be handled by a private contractor. A similar fiber-optic network project in Cebu is set to connect 12 government agencies, the DOST said. The network is expected to go online before the end of 2014, the agency said. The fiber-optic initiative of connecting government offices is part of DOST?s flagship e-government project called the Integrated Government Philippines project or iGovPhil. Set for full deployment by early 2015, iGovPhil aims to integrate all functions of government agencies and simplify their processes via ICT. High-speed connection, the DOST said, will enable the agencies to collaborate on projects, share resources, and save money in the process. According to ICT Office chief Louis Napoleon Casambre, fiber-optic technology will not only help government agencies coordinate faster but also facilitate other necessary services like cloud computing, data center co-location, Web hosting, document and records management, email and online security. ?Cloud computing, for instance, will be difficult to implement without broadband connectivity,? he explained. The cables in Metro Manila are set for last-mile connection to buildings and the main data center where information and data from government offices are stored in servers, he said. Most of the services offered by iGovPhil, like government website hosting, email, cloud, online payment system, public key infrastructure, are accessed from these data centers. Also being developed are registries on land, vehicles, businesses and citizens, according to the DOST. The science agency noted that registries of citizens is already existing in the forms handled by various agencies such as the SSS, GSIS, NBI, the DFA and other data gathering agencies. The data will just have to be centralized and expanded, the DOST said.]]>

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