PhOpenIX is poised to expand its service to more “peers” and open up new opportunities for network operators as the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Internet Society (ISOC) conducted the Ceremonial Turn-over of Equipment for Philippine Open Internet Exchange for ICT Ecosystem Development last June 07, 2019.
ISOC has been in constant collaboration with the DICT on the front of Internet Governance, having co-authored the National ICT Ecosystem Framework (NICTEF), co-hosting of a colloquium in 2017, regional roadshows in 2018, and comprehensive trainings for the government and sector regulator this 2019.
Recognizing the need for empowering access solutions, ISOC has been intensively promoting the development of Internet Exchange Points (IXP). The Philippines is one of the fortunate beneficiaries of the support for IXPs with the government managing the operations of the Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PhOpenIX). The donation came after the numerous engagements of DICT and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) with the Philippine Network Operators Group (PhNOG), having recognized that PhOpenIX is managed and operated as a critical advocacy work by the government.
The IXP is seen to be an exciting place to peer and exchange traffic – thereby contributing the overall improvement of the state of Internet in the country.
The ceremony was graced by DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr., Assistant Secretary Alan Silor, DOST ASTI Acting Director Joel Joseph Marciano Jr., and Mr. Vincent Atienza of ISOC.