A earlier post from our very own government Electronics Engineer, DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr.
While the general perception of the public is that Internet access here in the Philippine is slow and expensive, we could not be the world number 1 BPO voice service provider if really our internet speed is slow and its cost is expensive. Our problem is that most of us access the Internet on the mobile data infrastructure of telcos and because we lack cell towers, congestion in connectivity would likely happen. We have only around 20,000 towers at present when we need at least 67,000 towers to improve our mobile data access.
The following are DICT’s planned solutions:
1. FREE INTERNET WIFI ACCESS IN PUBLIC AREAS.
With the Free Internet Access in Public Places Act (RA 10929), the government will put up tens of thousands of Wifi Access Points (APs) in public places to help decongest cellsites. When hundreds of APs were installed along the MRT3 tracks in EDSA giving free WiFi to the public, an average of 700,000 people daily accessed these which greatly decongested the cellsites covering EDSA.
2. GOVERNMENT TO BUILD ITS OWN COMMUNICATION TOWERS. The government will construct common towers to be leased to telcos, which when added to the telco towers built or to be built will attain the needed 67K at the earliest possible time.
3. EASE PERMIT TO BUILD COMMUNICATION TOWERS. An Executive Order is awaiting signature of the President to lessen the LGUs and NGAs permits to built towers and limit approval/disapproval to 7 calendar days. If not acted upon within 7 days, the application is deemed approved. If denied, an explanation why must be submitted to the Office of the President within the same period.
- 4.WORK AND STUDY FROM HOME Government to encourage applications and content that will make people subscribe to high speed internet to their homes, such as being able to work and study at homes. The savings in time and money from not suffering the traffic in Metro Manila even for once or twice a week, would be more than enough to pay for the subscription to high-speed internet. We will soon have a Telecommuting Law to address this.