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Converge ICT supports "Dig Once" policy to reduce cost of infrastructure roll-out

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Converge ICT is supporting the "Dig Once" policy to lower the cost of rolling out digital infrastructure in the country. Read on to learn more!
Converge ICT supports "Dig Once" policy to reduce cost of infrastructure roll-out
Converge ICT believes the "Dig Once" policy could be the future of infrastructure

Converge ICT wants the "Dig Once" policy to pass!

Converge ICT COO Jesus C. Romero spoke during the forum
Converge ICT COO Jesus C. Romero spoke during the forum

Jesus C. Romero, COO of Converge, backed this "shared use" method that allows the government to deploy communications cable pipes underground wherever there is public works construction, particularly for new road laying projects.

The telcos or ISPs can split the cost of installing the conduits, saving the ICT providers money and preventing the need for several trench-digging operations.

A "dig once" approach will reduce the ISP's capital expenses, which will increase access to broadband infrastructure overall and in rural towns in particular. The Department of Public Works and Highways, local government units, and private sector operators must work together to implement this strategy since the deployment of the digital infrastructure must be coordinated with public works plans.

Dennis Anthony Uy, CEO of Converge, believes that if installing underground connections is not an option, infrastructure sharing is another policy option to take into account. This calls for telecom providers to share open, neutral, and reasonably priced facilities, including utility poles. Further lowering the cost of network deployment is possible with a Common Pole policy.

A forum titled "Improving Broadband Internet Connectivity in Cities and LGUs" was hosted by the US Agency for International Development - Better Access to Connectivity (USAID-BEACON). This project intends to close the digital divide in the Philippines and encourage economic growth through improved information and communications technology.

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