City Hall to spend P80M to get rid of ‘dead spots’

THE Cebu City Government through the Management Information and Computer System (Mics) has allocated P80 million to strengthen cellphone signal and mobile data in the city’s 80 barangays.

City Councilor Edgardo “Jaypee” Labella II, committee on information and communication technology chairman, said their aim is to get rid of “dead spots,” especially in mountain barangays.

A dead spot refers to an area “in which radio or cellphone signals are weak and their reception poor.”

Labella said Mics’ plan is to install a next-generation network (NGN) in strategic locations in every barangay to help spur economic activity and improve education, work and the delivery of communication as part of Mayor Michael Rama’s Singapore-like vision for the city.

According to the internet, NGN “is a generic term that describes the evolution and migration of fixed and mobile network infrastructure from distinct, proprietary networks to converged networks based on IP (Internet Protocol).”

Labella said that the NGNs can help in addressing communication issues in the city’s hinterland areas especially during emergency situations.

Labella said the City Government will soon conduct a public bidding for the project, adding that they hope to implement the project in the second quarter of this year.

Labella said that NGNs will be installed near the barangay halls so that residents living near it can benefit from it. (PJB)