In support of the government’s national broadband plan, NGCP has been in close coordination with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of Energy (DOE) for a possible partnership to bring high-speed internet nationwide.
“Talks began even in the past administration. As early as 2012, we were already exploring the broadband potential of our facilities with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which was the lead agency for the project at that time. Under the current administration, talks have been ongoing for the past 6 months. We’ve given the DICT and DOE all the information they need to put this project forward. We’ve informed them that the current transmission facility will be able to support the broadband network envisioned by the government. NGCP’s wide fiber optic network and related resources are sufficient to support this priority program under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. We are just waiting for details from our government partners,” confirmed Henry Sy, Jr., NGCP President and CEO.
“Allegations by TransCo [National Transmission Corporation] that ‘there are communication facilities which are installed in the transmission building without [TransCo’s] permission,’ and that the same constitutes a violation of our Concession Agreement, are simply untrue,” stressed Mr. Sy. “Our Concession Agreement specifically allows us to develop the transmission facility and engage in any business which maximizes the utilization of the transmission assets,” Mr. Sy stated. “Any statement to the contrary is unfair and does not reflect the true state of affairs.”
As the country’s sole power transmission operator, NGCP has thousands of existing fiber optic facilities that run from Luzon to Mindanao for internal communication purposes. NGCP is ready to lease these fiber optic lines to be utilized by the government in its efforts to upgrade the country’s internet speed and thus shorten the amount of time needed to complete the project.
Despite ranking last place for average connection speed in the Asia Pacific region on Akamai’s fourth quarter report, the Philippines has shown promising improvements with a 44% increase from the previous year. “NGCP fully supports the government’s efforts in creating a national broadband plan for the Philippines. We look forward to seeing DICT’s plans come into fruition as having a stable internet connection is now a very important productivity tool, and keeps the whole country connected,” the company stated.
NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.
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