Thursday, January 29, 2015

DOST Free Wi-fi Project to class 4, 5, and 6 municipalities in the country

 
I hope the idea will work well, unlike what some Metro Manila city halls did few years ago for a similar project. They launched and failed to meet expectations. 

In this project, I expect censorship on internet and blogging media and it’s OK for me if it would be mtrcb like but not if it would be like martial law.

Yet I would say, "Go go go dost-icto! i-push nyo yan"  I believe you breed some best brains.




INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONSINFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY OFFICE

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

3 December 2014
PRESS RELEASE

Information and Communications Technology Office
Contact Person: Roy Espiritu - roy.espiritu@icto.dost.gov.ph
Contact No.: 9200101 loc 1003, +639178718547
DOST Free Wi-fi Project Gets a P3B Upgrade

The Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places project of the Department of Science andTechnology's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office to bring Internet connectivity to class 4, 5, and 6 municipalities in the country recently got a three billion peso upgrade from the Senate and will be a nationwide project.

Originally, the Project was designed to cover only town plazas of 748 class 4, 5 and 6 municipalities, with a budget of 334 million pesos. Last week’s budget deliberations in the Senate upgraded the project to have nationwide coverage. The project is now designed to provide not only free Wi-Fi in town plazas in municipalities, but also including transport
terminals (train, sea and air), school yards, hospital lobbies, national government agencies, public parks and local government unit offices.

World Bank studies showed that for every 10 percent increase in broadband connectivity results in a 1.38 percent increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the DOST-ICT Office, “any increase in Internet connectivity through “Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places” will jump start economic development by giving access to e-Commerce, e-Learning, and e-Government tools to beneficiaries…” These can increase their incomes and pushing their economic status upwards across the nation, especially those belonging in the countryside. Casambre also added that most of the countryside is in a “vicious cycle”, where most citizens are unable to afford broadband Internet giving little to no incentive for private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to invest in the necessary network infrastructure for lack of an acceptable return on investment.” This leads to lack of opportunity to reap the
benefits that Internet connectivity has proven to bring. 
DOST - Information and Communications Technology Office Internet connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspots to most municipalities for the project will be sourced from the country's Internet Service Providers (ISP), while in areas that do not have broadband connectivity/infrastructure, the DOST ICT Office intends to use TV White Space (TVWS) Technologies which was used to provide last mile connectivity in areas affected by the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda. TVWS refers to the vacant frequencies located between broadcast TV channels, which can be used to provide wireless data connectivity to remote communities in the country.

Internet peering advocates are also enthused with the Project as it can significantly improve the speed of Internet access in the country, the Project requires all Internet providers for the free Wi-Fi project to actively peer with PhOpenIX, the country's only third party Internet Exchange, also managed by DOST.

Independent ICT Policy Researcher Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos , said that, Wi-Fi offloading is a great initiative. The expansion and use of Wi-Fi networks in public areas can bring about better quality of service, especially for the growing number of mobile broadband users. The prerequisite of peering through the PHOpenIX for ISPs who want to participate in the Wi-Fi project can give a boost to the local Internet exchange, provide greater security to government data exchanged through the network, and allow for more efficient use of bandwidth capacity, as local data remain within our national border. If successfully enforced, it is recommended that latency for locally hosted data not take more than 50 ms RTT, the standard used by IDA of Singapore. IP peering allows networks to exchange traffic with each other freely by creating an interconnection between ISPs. Such a connection would allow subscribers and applications of ISPs to pass through a shared domestic Internet exchange point, resulting in improved performance and greater traffic capacity

The Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places project of the Department of Science and Technology's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Office to bring Internet connectivity to class 4, 5, and 6 municipalities in the country recently got a three billion peso upgrade from the Senate and will be a nationwide project.

Originally, the Project was designed to cover only town plazas of 748 class 4, 5 and 6 municipalities, with a budget of 334 million pesos. Last week’s budget deliberations in the Senate upgraded the project to have nationwide coverage. The project is now designed to provide not only free Wi-Fi in town plazas in municipalities, but also including transport
terminals (train, sea and air), school yards, hospital lobbies, national government agencies, public parks and local government unit offices.

World Bank studies showed that for every 10 percent increase in broadband connectivity results in a 1.38 percent increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to Undersecretary Louis Casambre of the DOST-ICT Office, “any increase in Internet connectivity through “Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places” will jump start economic development by giving access to e-Commerce, e-Learning, and e-Government tools to beneficiaries…” These can increase their incomes and pushing their economic status upwards across the nation, especially those belonging in the countryside.

Casambre also added that most of the countryside is in a “vicious cycle”, where most citizens are unable to afford broadband Internet giving little to no incentive for private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to invest in the necessary network infrastructure for lack of an acceptable return on investment.” This leads to lack of opportunity to reap the benefits that Internet connectivity has proven to bring.

Internet connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspots to most municipalities for the project will be sourced from the country's Internet Service Providers (ISP), while in areas that do not have broadband connectivity/infrastructure, the DOST ICT Office intends to use TV White Space (TVWS) Technologies which was used to provide last mile connectivity in areas affected by the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda. TVWS refers to the vacant frequencies located between broadcast TV channels, which can be used to provide wireless data connectivity to remote communities in the country.

Internet peering advocates are also enthused with the Project as it can significantly improve the speed of Internet access in the country, the Project requires all Internet providers for the free Wi-Fi project to actively peer with PhOpenIX, the country's only third party Internet Exchange, also managed by DOST.

Independent ICT Policy Researcher Mary Grace Mirandilla-Santos , said that, Wi-Fi offloading is a great initiative. The expansion and use of Wi-Fi networks in public areas can bring about better quality of service, especially for the growing number of mobile broadband users. The prerequisite of peering through the PHOpenIX for ISPs who want to participate in the Wi-Fi project can give a boost to the local Internet exchange, provide greater security to government data exchanged through the network, and allow for more efficient use of bandwidth capacity, as local data remain within our national border. If successfully enforced, it is recommended that latency for locally hosted data not take more than 50 ms RTT, the standard used by IDA of Singapore. IP peering allows networks to exchange traffic with each other freely by creating an interconnection between ISPs. Such a connection would allow subscribers and applications of ISPs to pass through a shared domestic Internet exchange point, resulting in improved performance and greater traffic
capacity

See original post of this press release at DOST website: http://icto.dost.gov.ph/dost-free-wi-fi-project-gets-a-p3b-upgrade/

Monday, January 19, 2015

THIRD EYE LENS - THE WAY THE MINISTERS LOOK AT THE PONTIFF

Pope Francis walks through in the aisle of the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila on January 16, 2015 (Friday, 11:00 a.m.) for the Eucharistic celebration is being mobbed by priests with their smartphones and tablets aimed at the pontiff.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The day Cebu Pacific and NAIA3 yellow cabs badly suck my day

My first out-of-town job-related flight this year was supposed to be this morning.  Being my first for 2015, I see to it that I'm prepared and ready for my task. I wrestled with my time schedule at work and even grabbed time from office mates so my plane tickets, OB and Travel Order forms, and cash allowance be processed on time. I spent extra hours that Friday evening in the office to complete the paper works, review the case, plan my itinerary and strategies in carrying out my ... (read more and see more photos here)

http://settingfootprint.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-day-cebu-pacific-and-naia3-yellow.html




Saturday, January 3, 2015

RJ Ledesma's latest book - BLUE BABBLE, GANG GREEN


RJ Ledesma launched his latest book, "BLUE BABBLE, GANG GREEN: The Ateneo-La Salle Rivalry" on November 26, 2014 (Wednesday evening) in the National Bookstore of Glorietta 1 in Makati City.



RJ sent me a text message then followed by an email with attached press release. He invited us to come to the launching of his latest book. My wife and I accepted the invitation and we...(read more)




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