Rey Anthony Chiu
TAGBILARAN CITY, October 8, 2013 (PIA) –It may not come in time for a big information technology gab in Bohol, but government leaders said a telephone company in partnership with another mobile service provider taps Bohol to a superfast internet connectivity beginning the first quarter of 2014.
This as Bohol hosts this year’s National Information Communication Technology (NICT) Summit November 28-29.
The summit is an opportune time for prospective locators to see for themselves how we have prepared to be stepping into the Information Technology Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO) as one of the named new wave cities with promising BPO future, says Leah Tirol-Magno months ago.
Already making its presence felt despite using aerial connectivity in its thriving small scale call center industry using intermittent signal service, Bohol has bid for its great location as the next city to indulge in BPO.
We have already set the stage for Bohol’s stepping into the BPO, or knowledge process outsourcing, we have primed our schools to produce quality graduates to comprise the knowledge support while our investors are now into building the necessary infrastructure to house call centers, adds Marie Fe Dominese, of Capitol’s local investment center.
Among investors and potential locators, what Bohol needs to make the big leap is a reliable connectivity which getting connected to a major hub like Cebu, could do.
Chatto, who just had witnessed a presentation by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) company in Pasig said a tie-up with Smart Communications would make it possible for Bohol to tap Mindanao, which gets its fiber optic connection from Cebu via Negros Oriental.
In fact, Chatto said PLDT Smart is now into full operationalization of a submarine fiber optic connection from Cagayan de Oro to Garcia Hernandez in Bohol as well as its mainstreaming in the phase I of the project.
Bohol Investment Promotion Center chief Dominese said if the line is tapped, it could open some 10,000 seats for call centers in Bohol.
As this is going on, another telephone company, Globe Communications is also laying out a land based fiber optic cable that would interconnect all towns of Bohol to another submarine cable.
Industry sources have also said that there is another ongoing project of submarine interconnection from Loon Bohol to Cebu, possibly via a cable from Argao town.
The submarine cable, possibly from Globe Communications, could also accommodate another 10,000 seats at the very least, BIPC sources revealed.