DICT partners with China Telecom for submarine broadband infra

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. and China Telecom Chairman Yang Jie sign a joint letter of intent for a cable landing station / photo from Rappler

Manila, Philippines - Coincided with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the country, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has confirmed that it’s partnering with China Telecommunications Corporation.

This partnership aims to establish a submarine broadband infrastructure that will ensure faster internet connectivity in the country.

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. and China Telecom Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Yang Jie signed the letter of intent for the utilization of the DICT’s existing cable landing station together with the latter’s submarine cable this Tuesday.

“DICT and China Telecom will assess the feasibility of coming up with a cooperative effort. Specifically, our country needs cable landing stations that are independent of Globe and Smart. For more than 10 years, our gateway facilities are controlled by Globe and Smart,” Rio said during the signing ceremony held at the DICT office in Quezon City.

The DICT official, on the other hand, clarified that negotiations for establishing a cable landing facility with China Telecom were conducted before the selection process for the country's third telco player was made.

Given that, China Telecom’s international submarine telecommunications cable will directly connect the Philippines with Hong Kong and the United States. 

Reportedly, the facility uses optical fiber (fiber optics) technology for the signal and digital data, including telephone and also the internet traffic through a submarine cable stretching across the oceans.

“This is our first step in providing the foundation for faster and cheaper internet services for Filipinos. With this partnership, we are setting up our international gateway facility that is crucial for world-class telecommunication services,” Mislatel consortium spokesperson Atty. Adel Tamano said.

Source: PNA

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