KALIBO, Aklan—Filipinos will start enjoying faster Internet connection all over the country by next year, according to the Department of Information Communications Technology (DICT).
In his speech here on Monday, DICT acting secretary Eliseo Rio said the Philippines couldn’t afford to be continually lagging behind in the region with poor Internet connection.
Rio was here for the launching of the province’s Aklan Technology Business Incubation Center/Rural Impact Sourcing Hub and Tech4Ed Center. The center is located at the compound of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbukon Memorial Hospital.
“Currently, the Philippines is ranked no. 1 as the business-process outsourcing [BPO] capital in the world. Because of this, we should endeavor to attain standard Internet speed,” he said.
He added that, although the Philippines is the capital of the BPO industry, the country is among those with the slowest Internet speed in the world, slightly better than Afghanistan, which has the world’s slowest Internet connection.
“Looking back, the country was then known as the SMS capital in the whole world. Telecommunication companies, despite earning billions of pesos, only invested in a few towers. With the seed of modern development, these towers have now been fully loaded by data connections. To remedy this, the DICT will be launching thousands of free Wi-fi areas to unclog the capacity of the telecom towers,” he said.
For her part, former Vice Gov. Gabrielle Calizo-Quimpo said the launching of the tech4ed centers in the province puts Aklan in the map of next wave cities.
“The Aklan provincial government is currently looking for BPO companies to invest in the province,” said Quimpo, who is currently serving as the executive director of the Aklan ICT Council.
Source: John Aguirre – Business Mirror, October 25, 2017