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PLDT negotiates with BCDA for Bataan Techno Park project
Written by Cherry   
Saturday, 31 December 2011
The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) group is now coordinating with Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) for the analysis of Bataan Technology Park's communications services. In addition, BCDA is in negotiations with the Subic EnerZone (SEZ) for the improvement of energy facilities in BTP. Top executives of BCDA headed by Chairman Felicito Payumo conducted a dialogue with PLDT Alpha Enterprise's Corporate Relationship Business Group chief for North Luzon Dennis Magbatoc together with representatives from various BTP locators, to start the BTP systems upgrading project. During the meeting, the timeline and method for improving the telecommunication system within BTP were discussed. The upgrades are needed to boost the facilities provided by the current SMART cell site in Morong, Bataan. According to Payumo, 9 locators are already doing business (at BTP) and many will come in. Reliable networking and Internet options are necessities as of the moment. Proper connection should be put up in 2012. This will speed-up the bandwidth capability of this cell site to compensate for the lack of connectivity in BTP. For now, PLDT would collaborate with SEZ in putting up telephone lines within the area. Also, BCDA had tapped SEZ, an Aboitiz-owned electric distribution utility servicing the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, this will assist in the power requirements of BTP. After the establishment of network connection, Magbatoc added that they would also build a node to reinforce the BTP’s communications capability through the PLDT-SMART facilities.

In one or two years time, PLDT-SMART network would operate at full capacity. In addition, standard rates would be applied for all networking services, minus VAT because BTP is located within the Morong Special Economic Zone, which is known as a VAT-exempt growth area. [via] 
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