Philippine Leg of Facebook Cable Up By First Quarter of 2020

The former Secretary of the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr., confirmed on his social media account that the Philippine leg of Facebook Cable will be up and running by the first quarter of 2020.

According to Eliseo Rio, the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure will become operational, providing the Philippines 2 Tbps of internet bandwidth capacity with monetary value of P26 Billion a year.

This is the first time in the history of the country that the government has built two cable landing stations for an International Gateway Facility (IGF) that is independent of the commercial telcos.

Last November 16, 2019, former DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio said that the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, a.k.a. the terrestrial segment of the Facebook internet cable, which will finally be online by the first quarter of 2020.

During the leadership of Secretary Rio, the Philippine government under the Duterte administration has partnered with Facebook to put up a high-speed internet infrastructure in a few years time, promising a capacity that would be "almost equal" to that of the giants of the telecommunications industry.

Together with the officials of the BCDA, the DICT have signed a landing party agreement with Facebook for the project, which would be called the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure.

The project would build an “ultra high speed information highway,” which the government said would improve the speed, affordability, and accessibility of broadband internet across the country.

Under the agreement, BCDA would bid out the construction of the infrastructure, which would consist of two cable landing stations placed on the east and west coasts of Luzon.

The DICT said that they would operate the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure for 25 years, noting that it would maintain the facilities and provide “last mile connectivity” in the country.

For its part, Facebook would construct and operate the submarine cable system that will land in the said cable stations, providing the company with direct connections from Luzon to internet hubs in the United States and Asia.

In exchange for utilizing the bypass infrastructure, Facebook will provide the Philippines with a spectrum equivalent to at least two million megabits per second (mbps), or two terabits per second (tbps).

Source: Inquirer / Facebook 

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