KT has signed a contract to build a large-scale optical fiber network in the Philippines. KT made an announcement on August 8th that it has signed a contract to build a 47.4 million dollars optical cable network that was ordered by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) called ‘Convergence ICT Solutions’ (i.e. Convergence) in Manila, Philippines.
The project is part of a nationwide network project where Convergence extends coverage across the Philippines. KT will construct a fiber-optic cable network of about 1,570km in the northern part of Luzon Island, which is the largest island in the Phillippines and about half of the population living there, and establish optical cable and communication lines along major urban areas and main roads.
KT plans to use domestic fiber optic cable materials in this project, and plans to advance into the domestic market with domestic SMEs to strengthen joint growth.
KT has successfully built over 5,500 km of optical cable in overseas markets including Myanmar and Bangladesh.
KT is also planning to seek opportunities for cooperation in variety of future convergence fields such as Smart Energy, improvement of corporate and public values, and issues related to disasters and safety.
The Philippines is made up of 7,000 islands, making the internet speed and communication service environment to be very poor. When the construction of the Luzon optical fiber network is completed, the citizens of the Philippines will be able to use the internet more conveniently.
President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterteis currently working on ICT development at the national level by establishing the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and actively promoting e-government projects. In response, KT is pushing for various projects by strengthening cooperation with the Philippine government.
“This project is a good opportunity to communicate KT’s technology to not only the Philippines but also to neighboring countries with KT’s communication network design construction and operation technology,” said Vice-chairman Yoon Kyung-lim of KT’s Global Business Promotion