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From left: Camiguin Electric Cooperative Inc. general manager Adriano A. Ebcas, PLDT vice president for network planning and engineering Arvin Siena, Camelco board president Mario Sacal, PLDT Visayas-Mindanao fiber engineering head Arnold C. Gabrinao, Camelco liaison officer Juel Domaguio, Camelco technical consultant Engr. Felipe G. Abanil, and fiber network engineering head Robert Pascual. (advt)

PLDT, Camelco agree to speed up Internet connections in Camiguin

TO solve the crawling Internet in the province of Camiguin, leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT and the Camiguin Electric Cooperative Inc. (Camelco Inc.) has finally agreed to have the Lease Fiber contract and joint Pole Agreement to be signed on January, this year.

“This development is to make high-speed internet connectivity in the island of Camiguin,” said Camelco general manager Adriano Ebcas.

Ebcas said Camelco and PLDT has agreed on Oct. 12, 2017 to solve the problem through the use of  fiber optic embedded in Camelco’s submarine cable which in line with president Duterte’s thrust for fast Internet.

Ebcas said the crawling internet in Camiguin was due to the overloading of the microwave radio equipment of so numerous users, as Internet providers with their microwave radio facilities cannot afford to put more facilities because they are very much expensive.

“The only way to solve the problem is by using a fiber optic linking Camiguin to mainland Mindanao,” Ebcas said.

Fiber-optic lines are strands of optically pure glass as thin as a human hair that carries digital information over long distances.

In 2014,  Camelco has installed submarine cable which added power carrying capacity from the power suppliers to Camiguin.

Ebcas said there is fiber optics which is embedded in the cable.

In 2016, PLDT Cagayan de Oro City relationship manager Dante M. Verendia, Jr. after knowing that there are fiber optics embedded in the submarine cable, Verendia with his technical men went to Camelco and conducted test to the fiber optics and 13 of the fibers passed. Then he made a study and recommendations to PLDT Manila.

On Oct. 12, 2017, PLDT men from Manila, Vice President, Technical Operations Center, PLDT Manila Emeraldo L. Hernandez, PLDT Davao City center head Robert S. Pascual, FOC Networking Engineering, PLDT Manila, Jimmy O. Pacete, Manager, Mindanao Fixed Access and Verendia came and attended Camelco’s  Board Meeting to hear from Camelco board of directors the approval of their intention to lease the fiber optics.

Camelco’s board of directors headed by Board President Mario L. Sacal, and members Rey C. Badilla, Joseph B. Gaa, Dinah Limpangog and Camelco general manager Adriano A. Ebcas, raised a Resolution No. 104 Series of 2017 accepting the Intention of PLDT to Lease the fiber optics from Ezperanza, Kinoguitan to Liong, Guinsiliban, Camiguin.

On Dec. 14, 2017, the Camelco group represented by Board President Sacal, General manager Ebcas, and technical consultant Engr Felipe G. Abanil, went to Manila to meet the PLDT Group represented PLDT Network Planning and Engineering vice president Arvin L. Sienna, PLDT Manila Head-Fiber Networking Engineering Mr. Robert S. Pacual, PLDT Manila Head-Vismin fiber engineering Arnold C. Gabrinao.

On their meeting they discussed proposals on Dark Fiber Lease and the Joint Pole Lease.

Ebcas said both parties agreed the following that Camelco is willing to negotiate a fair monthly rental poles, PLDT to send its revised proposal for pole rental, PLDT will submit their revised improved proposal for Dark Fiber Lease.

Camelco and PLDT agreed to exclude the following provisions in the proposed contract such as “Mean Time To Respond (MTTR),” and the Trouble Ticket Status Update.

According to Ebcas, the signing of the Lease Fiber Contract and the Joint Pole Agreement will be on Camelco’s Board meeting this January 2018. (bb/advt)


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