National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba revealed last November 8 that the Duterte Administration is planning to invest on Broadband Infrastructure.
According to him, this will be the first time that our country will do this and will be handled by the government then plans will start at the 1st or 2nd quarter next year.
The NCT Commissioner said that there is a growing data traffic and amount of users in the Philippines so the council acknowledged this to improve the problems in internet connectivity. For instance, the telecommunications operators can have an advantage as they will not need to put up cell sites in some areas, hence the government will do so.
As of now, the administration had 3 options for national broadband network; the 1st one is to set up a physical infrastructure at the countryside, 2nd is to put the infrastructures in areas that can be too expensive for private operators that might cost Php 199 billion then lease the infrastructure in exchange on working services by private telecommunications, and lastly, is to privatize the services of utilities such as electricity and water.
The national broadband network plan was previously come up during the Arroyo Administration but didn’t push through because of various controversies. With this news, many Filipino netizens were ecstatic that there’s hope for a better internet service. Some of them are freedom-of-expression by saying that boosting the national broadband capability will be a good idea as long as the Chinese Technology will not interfere with the service provider.