Gov. Cua speaks to PLDT officials during an online meeting.
Gov. Joseph Cua last Thursday called for the re-activation of the Provincial Government’s lease line in a meeting with PLDT officials last Thursday, Feb. 18.
The governor plans to reactivate the lease line in addition to using old radio internet equipment from PLDT as a temporary solution to the Province’s online meeting woes.
Baka pwede tayo makahiram sa Catanduanes ng temporary; lagyan natin ‘yung provincial hospital at kapitolyo, kasi talagang very essential sa amin ang malakas na internet. Tulad ngayon, due to this pandemic, puro Zoom meeting na, which hindi kami nakaka-attend because of poor internet,” the governor said.
As a permanent solution, the governor also wishes to avail of the 200mbps iGate dedicated internet plan, which would serve the Capitol, and in the future, put into motion the interconnectivity project of the province.
Restoration of services
The island would enjoy the full benefit of a 10 Gbps bandwidth for fiber internet, and enhanced speeds for mobile internet once they finish laying fiber-optic cables around Catanduanes’ municipalities.
The company is also set to complete its remaining fiber-optic segments running through Viga-Baras (A2), Caramoran-Viga (A3), and Lictin-Caramoran (A4). Virac-Baras (A1) has already been completed as of December 2020.
“‘Yung remaining three segments po, hopefully ma-complete po siya within the first quarter of this year. Pero I’m not sure with our engineering team if makakaya pong ma-meet pa ‘yung target kasi sana po wala na pong mga unforeseen events na mangyari,” one of the officials stated.
He added that for the past years, Catanduanes has been getting internet through radio, with weather conditions and limited bandwidth contributing to its unreliability.
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