The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is building a redundancy system to future-proof the Philippine government’s implementation of its National Broadband Program.

According to DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan III, the redundancy system serves as a resiliency route or insurance against unexpected circumstances that may delay the completion of NBP, which is currently in its first phase of implementation.

This supplementary system is being fast-tracked to provide an alternate route to the Asia region via Singapore. It also functions as a backup to the NBP’s Pacific Light Cable Network connectivity that links Baler, Aurora to California in the United States.

Once established, the resiliency route will reinforce the commercial, financial, and administrative activities in the country’s metropolitan areas, including Davao, Metro Cebu, and Metro Manila.

The National Broadband Program aims to provide affordable internet services via a government-owned broadband network. Its Phase 1 infrastructure is expected to provide at least 100 Gbps of connectivity.

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