PLDT boosts connectivity of UST with Alpha

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Asia’s oldest university, the University of Santo Tomas (UST), is boosting its current connectivity and increasing its information and communication technology (ICT) requirements for future campus expansion.

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In line with this, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), through its corporate enterprise arm PLDT Alpha Enterprise, and UST recently signed a memorandum of understanding to help the university’s information technology department, the Santo Tomas e-Service Providers (STePs), in expanding its internal network connectivity facilities by providing an initial 400 megabytes of its premium i-Gate connectivity.

Sebastian Raymond Mendoza, STeP director, said that, “The main purpose of the current subscription is for the educational use of the Thomasian community, alumni, guests and other partner institutions.” The i-Gate connectivity will help facilitate bandwidth-heavy projects and strengthen connections within and outside the UST community.

“Communications through the Internet using our online resources, like the institution and department websites, will serve as an effective and faster way of information dissemination,” Mendoza added.

The university said that other external projects that will benefit from its connectivity enhancements include the online encoding of grades, full implementation of online registration and enrollment, extended webhosting, server co-location services and many more. With UST being the biggest university in terms of student population in a single campus, its IT facilities have been congruent with local and global standards in partnership with the leading IT providers and services.

Furthermore, UST is also the first to implement a 10G campus backbone cabling, and a Cisco model infrastructure from core to access. Its facilities have received ISO 9001:2008 TUV-SUD certification, which have been constantly upgraded to cater to the connectivity needs of the campus which has the biggest bandwidth requirement among local universities.

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