Internet Upgrades for all UP CUs

Over 7800+ mbps of bandwidth have been rolled out for the entire University of the Philippines, include all UP Constituent Universities (UP CUs) as of 01 April 2016.

Accomplished through the tireless efforts of the UP Administration, this initiative is in line with President Pascual’s administrative thrust of ensuring better quality of connectivity across all UP campuses.

UP Diliman, UP Los Baños and UP Manila, CUs with a high volume of student and staff, currently have the most bandwidth allocation at 2700 mbps, 1920 mbps, and 1200 mbps, respectively. Other CU’s allocated bandwidth speed are as follows: UP Baguio with 360 mbps; UP Visayas with 504 Mbps; UP Open University with 144 mbps; UP Cebu with 240 mbps; and UP Mindanao with 186 mbps.

Even satellite campuses such as the UPD Extension in Pampanga was allocated with 12 mbps; UP Cebu SRP with 60 mbps; and UP Visayas Tacloban with 168 mbps. UP School of Health Sciences are also allocated bandwidth whereby Palo and Koronadal are allocated with 12 mbps and Baler with 2 mbps. UP Professional School on BGC is also allocated 90 mbps of additional bandwidth.

A digital world means faster connectivity in the University is critical due to increasing demand for speed in collaborating and sharing massive amounts of data. Online learning tools like videos, interactive textbooks, and e-books underscore dependence on the Internet for student and teacher learning.

Fast and reliable internet means both on-site and off-site students and faculty may now be able to fully participate in online learning experiences, supplementing the traditional face-to-face learning component, improving digital literacy, and boosting overall quality of learning in the University. For example, an overseas University Professor may be able to conduct a remote guest lecture to locally situated students from the College of Engineering.

Faculty may maximize the potential of available online resources and opportunities for professional development. In addition, data and resource maintenance and protection – including updating of academic subscriptions and ensuring seamless integration of all content management information systems – may only be possible with high-capacity internet. For instance, faculty members taking up higher studies may have access to innumerable academic journals for use in their theses.

Other opportunities made available by high-speed internet are: cloud storage for data and learning resources making it accessible to students and faculty; web-based video conferencing connecting students with experts around the world; and streaming of Youtube videos and iTunes U for lessons.

According to the Office of the Vice-President for Development’s (OVPD) Term Report for 2005-2011, the total UP System bandwidth only reached 160 mbps by the end of 2010, with UP Diliman having the highest bandwidth at 85 mbps. The Pascual Administration’s initiation and support of timely and relevant technological solutions ensures that UP’s ICT initiatives remain at par with the world’s top-tier universities.

The increase in bandwidth also supports the implementation of the core information systems, namely SAIS, FMIS, HRIS, SPCMIS, and EIS.

At this time, user connectivity may still be an ‘up and down’ experience due to continuous testing, monitoring, and adjustments done to ensure optimal bandwidth availability.

Along with increased bandwidth, implemented solutions range from the installation of hardware and infrastructure, to the development of information systems, all aimed at promoting operational efficiency across UP CUs.