PLDT activates P700-M fiber-optic network in Bohol

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fiber ?By turning on our fiber network at this time, we hope to help accelerate Bohol?s recovery from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the province in October last year,? said PLDT and Smart Communications president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno. ?Fiber will hasten the growth of the outsourcing industry here and bolster the development of the province?s already flourishing tourism business,? he added. Consisting of 328 kilometers of inland and submarine fiber optic cables running from Cebu through Bohol to Cagayan De Oro, PLDT?s DFON in Bohol was inaugurated in ceremonies during the celebration on Tuesday, July 22, of Bohol Day in the provincial capital of Tagbilaran City. Outsourcing and tourism are two of the three pillars of the economic development program of the provincial government. The third pillar is agro-industry. With an initial transmission capacity of up to 40 Gbps, PLDT?s new fiber facility is expected to strengthen the efforts of the provincial government headed by Gov. Edgar Chatto to attract more outsourcing companies to set up shop in Bohol. In 2012, the provincial capital city Tagbilaran was identified as a ?Next Wave City? for the ICT-BPO industry by the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP). Home to several major universities such as Holy Name University and the University of Bohol, Tagbilaran has a large population of college graduates that can be recruited by BPO companies. PLDT said the DFON will also help raise Bohol?s tourism industry to the next level. The province has been developing its tourism industry along the lines of eco-tourism, historical-cultural and adventure tourism. In 2013, more than 380,000 tourists visited Bohol. The industry was, however, shaken by the major tremor that hit the island last year. Tourist traffic has been steadily recovering since then and the launch of PLDT?s DFON is expected to give it a further push. With its fiber network on the island, PLDT can now deliver high-speed internet through direct fiber links to establishments in tourist centers like Panglao Island. It can also provide high-speed wireless broadband services through TD-LTE facilities that are powered by fiber links. The new fiber network will also help provide the needed ICT support for the new international airport that will be built in Panglao. Moreover, other industries such as education, wholesale and retail, and local government offices can now have access to PLDT?s data services like managed voice services such as managed PABX and UcaaS, PLDT Cloud products such as Web presence, Web point of sale (POS) solutions, video monitoring, and mobility solutions. ]]>

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