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Philippines national optical fiber backbone network is scheduled for trial operation by the end of the year.

The Philippine Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said recently that the National Optical Fiber Backbone Network (NFB) will be commissioned from November to December 2018.

As part of the country's national broadband plan, DICT signed a tripartite agreement with the Philippine State Grid Corporation (NGCP) and the National Electricity Transmission Corporation (TransCo) in June 2017 to build a nationwide backbone fiber network.

Seven point-to-point dark fiber path networks in Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Batangas, Mindoro, Albay, Camarines Sur, Cagayan and Bohol are scheduled to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year, with a total length of 6,154 kilometers, to test the integrity of the NGCP optical grounding wire (OPGW) and the city. The latest optical transmission technology in the field.

Another important component of the national fiber backbone network is the backbone network owned by TransCo, which is preparing to complete the Luzon bypass infrastructure (LBI) project next year.

The new LBI infrastructure, which includes two 250-kilometre fiber-optic corridors connecting the submarine cable landing station, is expected to be operational by the end of 2019. It will be operated by DICT, and DICT will also maintain relevant facilities and provide the last mile connection in Philippines.