Huge savings from NBP

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    The government is expected to save around P720 million in internet subscription during the first year implementation of the National Broadband program (NBP) by 2021, according to the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).

    The DICT did not detail how they came up with the figure but said NBP would be significantly cheaper.

    Through the NBP, the DICT will deploy broadband capacity across the nation, especially in areas that are remote, inaccessible and considered unprofitable by the private sector.

    The program allows government agencies to avail of internet service at as low as P50 per megabit per second (Mbps) per month, significantly cheaper compared to current rate of around P350 per Mbps per month.

    This means at present, an average sized agency which requires 100 Mbps shared Internet connectivity across a whole building spends around P35,000 per month, or P420,000 a year.

    With the NBP, an average office would now only spend P5,000 a month, or P60,000 a year for the same speed —saving taxpayers money that can be used for other programs and projects, and in improving social services.

    For Phase 1, the DICT will activate the cable landing station in Baler, Aurora and connect to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) node in San Fernando, La Union through the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure.

    “We can expect that by the end of 2020, Phase 1 of the NBP will begin operations, and by 2021, we can feel the effects of said initiative,” said Gregorio Honasan II DICT secretary.

    DICT will then activate and light up of four DICT nodes and 15 NGCP nodes that will connect with the various DICT equipment. From there, it will provide bandwidth to nearby govnet clients and Free-WiFi beneficiaries. (M. Iglesias)