The PLDT-Ateneo Advanced Network Testbed has been around for some time. It has a fiber link supplied by PLDT, connecting the PLDT CTC (Convergent Technologies Center) at the Ateneo Loyola Campus, and the PLDT Innolab at Dansalan, Mandaluyong. This is used by the Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering (ECCE) department for research.
Nortel Philippines has donated transmission gear to light up the fiber. I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier today.
Nortel supplied two Nortel Optera Metro 4150s, each with dual STM-4 lines for service and protection (one STM-4 is 622 Megabits/second) and line cards (interface cards) for provisioning up to three DS3 (45 Megabits/second) and sixteen E1 (2 Megabits/second) tributaries.
This will be a testbed for teaching students various technologies pushed by the PLDT group, such as broadband, wireless, applications such as IP TV and entertainment, telemedicine and remote learning. This can also be used by Smart 3G and SIP applications which Smart is pushing.
The guests from PLDT, Smart and Nortel viewed the exhibits of the graduating ECCE students. These are research projects with various applications from robotics to medicine.