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MANILA, Philippines - Pure fiber internet connectivity technology is the best solution to the slow internet speed problem of many Filipino consumers, a local information communications technology (ICT) executive and internet services industry pioneer said.

Dennis Anthony Uy, president and chief executive officer of Converge ICT, said tapping fiber optic cables installed underground to deliver internet connectivity to homes is also the wisest strategy to ensure internet connectivity services are resilient to natural disasters, particularly typhoons.

"We have 20 to 25 typhoons every year. We're a typhoon country. And these posts and wires, they can be toppled down during heavy rains and they can worsen the situation during disasters cause they block the roads and highways. Rescue teams can’t get to disaster areas," Uy said in a briefing Friday.

He said this concern on disaster resilient internet connectivity has been recognized by Metro Manila LGUs (local government units), particularly the cities of Manila, and Quezon City, which had contracted Converge ICT to install fiber internet connectivity for their disaster operations center.

Uy said Converge ICT remains bullish on Filipino internet services consumers availing of fast and reliable connectivity brought by pure fiber optic cables, sharing they have already installed 6,000 kilometers of fiber optics from Baguio City in north Luzon, down to Nasugbu in Batangas, enabling them to offer connectivity in the vast Luzon region including Metro Manila.

“Access to the internet has accelerated recently as we are now amid digitalization,” Uy said. “That is why we are leveraging on the power of pure fiber technology so that all our clients can enjoy the full potentials of having an efficient and reliable connectivity.”

Pure fiber technology utilizes fiber optic cables that are composed of thin strands of fiber optics that are lightweight, durable, non-flammable and non-corrosive. Thus, it is also less prone to downtimes and interruptions as they do not break easily, do not conduct electricity, and can be submerged on water.

One fiber can stretch up to several kilometers and is capable of transmitting 100Gbps.

“Better technology means better experience for homes and businesses who want to maximize the potentials of fast and reliable connectivity. With Converge ICT, these homes and companies can now enjoy seamless connections whether for work or play,” Uy said.

Uy said that they are now planning to install subsea fiber optic cables to connect their Luzon backbone to Visayas and Mindanao, to make fast and reliable fiber internet connectivity to more consumers which could entail a initial capital expenditure of $50 million.

Uy said they are planning ambitious investments in internet network highway infrastructure as they see the country’s internet services market as huge.

“We have a population of 110 million. An average home has five persons, so we have 20 million homes. As of today, you can check the records, there’s only some three million homes connected broadband home in the Philippines. That’s a really huge market deprived of the best internet services in this country,” Uy said.

Compared to our neighbors in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia and Vietnam, the Philippines’ population of homes availing of broadband or fiber internet was very low.

"Singapore and Hong Kong, they're 99 percent connected fiber to home. That's maybe because they're small countries. But Indonesia, they're 35 to 40 percent. Here in the Philippines, there are not even 300,000 homes fiber connected," Uy said.