CICT tells gov’t agencies to build intranets for VoIP

By Erwin Oliva


GOVERNMENT agencies in the Philippines have been instructed to start building intranets for voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) use, a top government information technology official told

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had previously instructed the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) to work for increase VoIP use in government.

VoIP uses the Internet instead of the traditional telephone network to route voice calls, resulting in lower costs.

CICT chairman Ramon Sales said most government agencies are now buying “switches” to be installed in their offices. This is currently being done to build intranets, or private networks, within the agencies.

Once government agencies are ready, the CICT will push common carriers like the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. and Globe Telecom to connect the intranets of the government agencies into their commercial networks…..

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