Filipino operator Bayan Telecommunications Inc (BayanTel) is selling off some of its unused capacity on the country’s second largest fibre-optic backbone, the National Digital Transmission Network (NDTN), in which it owns a 94% stake, to other domestic carriers. The other partners in NDTN are Digital Telecommunications (Digitel), Eastern Telecom, Extelcom, Globe Telecom, PT&T and Smart Communications. The network consists of microwave, submarine and terrestrial cable links covering a distance of 2,762km, between San Fernando in La Union and Davao City in the south. BayanTel told local press that it is first looking to sell capacity to minority shareholders in the venture, although it had not yet secured any orders.
The NDTN nationwide network was built in 1999 at a cost of USD70 million. Last year, BayanTel upgraded the system to 10Gbps capacity, from 2.5Gbps previously, equivalent to an increase of more than 120,000 lines of simultaneous voice and data communications.