As the Philippine government seeks to become more self-reliant with its network, the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure Project (LBIP) is expected to launch sometime next year, per the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

According to DICT Assistant Secretary Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo, via the Laging Handa briefing, the LBIP marks one of the Marcos administration’s “priority projects.”

Lamentillo added that, with the successful launch of the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure, it is anticipated to boost the government’s internet capacity by 50 folds—further adding that there are many more projects on the way.

Spanning 240 kilometers of fiber line, the LBIP links the country’s various government-owned cable landing stations (CLS) in Baler, Aurora and in Poro Point, La Union, including the intervening repeater stations every 50 kilometers.

Signed by the DICT, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), and Facebook, the Landing Party Agreement grants the social media company access to LBIP, giving the Philippine government a spectrum tantamount to no less than 2 million Megabits per second (Mbps) via the submarine cable.

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