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PostSubject: The NBN Project --- will it be?   Tue Sep 09, 2008 12:22 pm

I happened to attend a forum on this proposed project in BSU, Benguet hosted by the Bureau of Telecom, the government agency that will man the National Broadband Network (NBN) project. Although it has a negative implication due to the questionable negotiation in the implementation of the project itself, i think there must have a thorough analysis on this. We have been left behind on the field of IT.

What is ZTE-NBN Project anyway?

The national government will establish a $329-million Internet broadband project to connect every segment of government in the entire Philippine archipelago to each other, thus reducing the cost of communication and reducing the need for travel.

The National Broadband Network (NBN) Project aims to create seamless connectivity among all national and local government agencies down to the barangay offices of local government units (LGUs). This will enhance the delivery of services to the people by cutting short the time used for waiting for decisions and replies to queries.

The expenses for travel will also decline, since the need for person-to-person follow-up will be much reduced by fast and efficient Internet broad-band access between government officers through their computers.

It is also expected to benefit government offices and the LGUs by immense cost savings generated by the disappearance of inefficient and antique communications systems. Broad-band will allow Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) dialogues through the Internet.

In 2005, then Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Romulo Neri, now NEDA secretary, issued DBM Budget Circular No. 2005-13, encouraging all government departments and agencies to use Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, as their telecommunications medium of choice and aim for a 30-percent reduction in their overall communication costs. This reduction amounts to P170 million a year.

An earlier report by Commission on Audit showed that 50 percent of the departments registered increases in their telephone landline expenses; 80 percent had an increase in telephone mobile expenses and 65 percent had an increase in Internet expenditures from 2003 to 2004.

The NBN project will be financed through an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan from China and is estimated to be implemented over a period of three years, with an estimated project life of at least 15 years. The implementing agency is the Department of Transportations and Communication and the Telephone Office (Telof).

The National Broadband project was conceptualized in view of the Cyber Corridor initiative highlighted by the President during her July 2006 State of the Nation address, which will serve as the comprehensive solution for fast-tracking national ICT development as envisioned in the Cyber Corridor program, particularly for the provision of ICT and digital infrastructure to address the digital divide.

As provided in the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP 2004 to 2010), the NBN project is consistent with the government’s thrust such as developing the country’s digital infrastructure to provide more public access points for delivery of e-Government services; adoption of voice over Internet Protocol as alternative means of communications that could reduce cost of connectivity and rationalization of existing government network infrastructure to enable sharing and interconnection of network resources among branches of the government to facilitate seamless transfer of knowledge within the government.
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