University of the Philippines Los Baños

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UPLB’s internet service is getting ready for a major overhaul.

The first phase for a better internet connection for the UPLB campus is now underway and is being supervised by the Information Technology Center (ITC) under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development (OVCPD).

According to Rozano S. Maniaol, director of ITC and faculty member at the Institute of Computer Science, the project aims to upgrade the Fiber Optic Cables (FOC) from multi-mode to single-mode type fiber technology, which is more efficient and up to date compared to the former. This will be able to carry bandwidth speeds of up to 1 gigabits per second over a distance of 40 kilometers.  The project will also install conduit pipes underground to house and protect the FOCs, and make them easier to locate, making future upgrades and modifications easier to implement. 

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The project is divided into five phases to cover the following five sections of the campus: First – core network to the Internet to cover ICS to IRRI where PREGINET is terminated and ICS to ISP service entrance. PREGINET is the country's National Research and Education Network. The next four phases are: lower campus,  upper campus, IPB, CTTE/BIOTECH areas, and the staff  housing area.

Dr. Marish Madlangbayan, vice chancellor for planning and development, said that the project is allotted PhP35 M, of which PhP6 M will be used for the first phase. He said that the University bandwidth has already improved in the past years, from 200 megabits per second to 2.155 gigabits per second. The project now aims to distribute this bandwidth properly across the campus and make it more reliable.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. said that upgrading the University’s internet connection is necessary to keep up with the current pace of information and to allow easy collaboration with the international community. He said that this project will help create an enabling environment for the students, faculty, and staff of UPLB and is a foundation for future development. He further said that it is also a reminder for how UPLB must always improve and remain committed to progress.