Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Mr. Mitch Locsin, PLDT First Vice Pres. shake hands after the ceremonial contract signing on March 21, 2018. Also in photo are (L-R) Justine Elizabeth Morales, Hazel Amoyan, Head of Corporate Relationship Business Office, Jimmy Chua, AVP and Head, Corporate Relationship Management Office of PLDT, Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr and Mr. Ned Cababasay.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U) and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Company entered into an 18-million peso contract for the upgrading of the university’s internet connection and communication facilities. The upgrading will provide easier and faster access to the internet and efficient inter-office communications lines.

The five-year contract includes the installation of fiber optic backbone, the upgrade of the whole network infrastructure of the main campus, installation of the Internet Protocol-Private Branch Exchange (IP-IBX) and structured cabling for the internet.

According to Engr. Reynard Chu, Information Technology Officer I, part of the contract is for upgrading of the old copper-based UTP (unshielded twisted pair) main cables to fiber optics backbones. “The existing UTP cable is more than 25 years old and there is a need for an upgrade. The fiber optics will further accommodate wider band width considering the present and future expansion in the main campus and the new site.” Engr. Chu said.

The project will also bolster the inter-office communication facilities through the installation of an IP-IBX system. It brings with it many benefits and opens up possibilities, and the development of extensions and trunks, and other complex functions such as ring groups, digital receptionists, queues, voicemail and reporting.

Included in the contract are the subscription in the ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) and the increase in internet subscription from 10 MBPS to 20 MBPS for the next five years.

Members of ISAT U Administrative Council pose with PLDT Executives after the ceremonial contract signing.

The ISDN is a modern set of communication system for simultaneous digital transmission of voice, video and other network services. ISDN is far advanced over the traditional circuits of the public switched telephone network. The system could provide up to 30 trunk lines.

The upgrades will strengthen the school’s computer program, help the students in their assignments and research works, hasten transactions and provide dynamic communication among the offices.