TAGBILARAN CITY No less, Napoleon L. Nazareno, president and Chief Executive Officer of the giant telecom Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) company and Gov. Edgar Chatto literally pushed the touch-screen button in an LCD big screen mounted at Bohol Cultural Center stage to start the opening of the Php700 million Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON) in Bohol.
The inauguration coincides with the 160th founding anniversary of Bohol as a separate province since July 22, 1854 from Cebu and yesterday?s event was a holiday for Boholanos, no classes and no work. Nazareno said that By turning on our 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,? he said in his statement. PLDT also hopes that with the DFON in place, Bohol?s outsourcing industries and call center bid and thriving tourism are expected to get a boost from the DFON of telecoms leader PLDT in the Philippines.
PLDT boss said that with DFON it will be potential for Bohol to generate high-income employment? from outsourcing and tourism industry since BPO depends on high speed internet and high bandwidth private connectivity and fiber is a key enabler of these services, Eric Alberto, head of the Enterprise and International and Carrier Business, said in a separate statement released to the media during press briefing at Bellevue resort in Panglao island.
With DFON in Bohol, PLDT said that it can start deliver high-speed internet through direct links to establishments in tourist areas like Panglao as it can also provide high-speed wireless broadband services through TD-LTE facilities that are powered by fiber links.
Aside from these, other industries or businesses or education, retail and wholesale industries and even local government units can take advantage and enjoy better access to this technology that has advanced services, such as ?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.
DFON connects Bohol from Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) thru the undersea facility via Kinoguitan town, Misamis Oriental traversed the sea to Garcia-Hernandez. It also enables to connect Bohol to the rest of the Visayas and Luzon, Arvin L. Siena, head of the Network Planning and Engineering Group, said. The connection to the Visayas, particularly form Cebu City is also thru undersea cable across the channel to barangay Mocpoc, Sandingan island, Loon, town and to the entire province, he said. The total stretch of land base of DFON connection is about 177 kilometers and the total undersea connection (Cebu to Bohol; CDO to Bohol) totaled to 151 kilometers.
With DFON alone capable of carrying up to 5.13 TBPS of data, the Bohol fiber link project bolster the PLDT?s network resiliency in the Visayas and Mindanao loop making it less susceptible to outrages from fiber cuts caused by natural disasters like earthquakes and heavy storms, it said.
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In Bohol, there are six sub-loops distributed, Siena, who showed a power point, said. Since Bohol is connected from the Visayas and Mindanao, if one is broke due to a fortuitous situation, say in Mindanao, Bohol still enjoys the connection from Cebu, he said. (ric v. obedencio)