Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte gives chance to local telecommunication firms for them to improve internet services in the country subsequent to the deal between PLDT, Globe, and San Miguel Corporation which gives the first two (2) companies control over SMC’s coveted 700-megahertz frequency.
Duterte said that according to engineers, PLDT and Globe’s acquisition of the frequency would make internet connectivity better.
"Ako wala akong alam diyan. I am giving them the chance to improve," Duterte said in a conference in Davao City.
(I do not know anything about it. I am giving them the chance to improve.)
Earlier, Presumptive President Duterte warned telecommunication companies to improve their services, especially the speed of internet download or it will otherwise face undesirable consequences, such as introducing new players in the competition under his new administration.
The Davao City mayor said that he will open the telecommunication market to foreign firms which could guarantee and deliver better, if not the best, service that the Filipinos deserve, unless the existing telcos improve internet access and connection.
“For the communications guys, iyung internet connectivity, you improve the service or I will open the Philippines to competition. Pasok lahat. Then it will bring down (the price) and increase efficiency,” Duterte said at a media briefing in Davao City.
Although Duterte admitted his apparent lack of knowledge regarding technology, he said that he knew that a faster internet speed and better internet services would bring about development in the country, even those places outside Metro Manila.
“I will make it a public policy—the Internet connectivity,” the mayor said.
Nonetheless, he also admitted that too much competition may cause harm to the telco industry.
According to a 2015 study by Ookla, an internet metrics provider, the Philippines is placed at the 176th out of 202 countries having 3.64 Mbps as an average download speed. It is eight times slower than 23.3 Mpbs, the global average broadband speed.