Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. Reveals Plans of DICT Under Pres. Duterte

Acting Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Dr. Eliseo Rio Jr., revealed on his latest social media post the plans of his department under the administration of Pres. Rody Duterte.


According to Acting Secretary Rio, the President made clear his instructions to DICT in his two SONA that he wants the people to have fast and inexpensive internet and that they can get on-line government services so that they won't have to suffer long lines just to get these services.

The Acting DICT Secretary stated that the main reason why the Philippines have one of the slowest and expensive internet access in the region is that most of us, if not all, connect to the internet via Globe and Smart mobile networks.

The problems with Smart and Globe networks they only have 20,000 cell sites or more than 5,000 subscribers share a tower, when the most ideal ratio should be one tower per 1,000 subscribers. The Philippines need at least 67,000 cell sites to just compare with Vietnam. Globe and Smart could only provide or build 2,000 towers per year.



DICT's immediate solution to improve internet speed and cost is to provide more fixed line access. Having fixed line access would greatly decongest the mobile network of Globe and Smart, improving QoS.

With the entry of the third player, China Telecom who will partner with a local company, they will deal mostly with fixed access to the internet, bringing fast and low cost internet to even the remotest areas of the country, where small BPOs can exist, on-line government services will be available, health and education services will greatly improve, etc.

Here's the Complete Statement of Acting DICT Sec. Dr. Eliseo Rio Jr.:

The President made clear his instructions to DICT in his two SONA that he wants the people to have fast and inexpensive internet and that they can get on-line government services so that they won't have to suffer long lines just to get these services. The main reason why we have one of the slowest and expensive internet access in the region is that most of us, if not all, connect to the internet via Globe and Smart mobile networks. But they have only 20,000 cellsites, such that around more than 5,000 subscribers share a tower when the more ideal ratio should be one tower per 1,000 subscribers. We need at least 67,000 cellsites to just compare with Vietnam. So while the duopoly got more frequencies from SMC, there was no real improvement on their QoS, because they lack towers. And Globe and Smart capacity to build towers is only around 2,000 a year.

So the immediate solution to improve internet speed and cost is to provide more fixed line access. Only 17% of our homes and offices have fixed line internet access, compared to 100% of Japan and South Korea. Having more fixed line access would greatly decongest the mobile network of Globe and Smart, improving their QoS. We showed this in EDSA, where we put up around 800 Free Wifi Access Points along MRT3. Now, 700,000 people access these daily, enjoying double-digit speeds, greatly decongesting the cellsites covering EDSA.

This is where the third telco player can immediately come into play. The government can provide it with a big market because it intends to subscribe at least 250,000 Free Wifi Access Points nationwide in compliance with RA 10929. The third player won't have to worry about its International Gateway Facility (IGF) or their nationwide backbone because the government will take care of this.

So initially, the third player will deal mostly with fixed access to the internet, bringing fast and low cost internet to even the remotest areas of the country, where small BPOs can exist, on-line government services will be available, health and education services will greatly improve, etc. There will be new small business opportunities like making thousands of sari-sari stores nationwide as internet cafes. In the meantime, let Globe and Smart provide the mobile services but with improved QoS because the fix access will decongest their inadequate number of towers. An EO is now ready for the President's signature that would ease the construction of new towers by removing the red tape in granting NGA and LGU permits. The government, through a PPP arrangement with a private tower provider, will build common towers to be leased to the telcos, including the third player, who then will get more mobile frequencies due to better allocation policies.

DICT will strengthen its Cybersecurity capabilities to address the concerns of our citizens of National Security threats from within and from without. DICT will initially outsource this to world renown cybersecurity expert organizations, until we can be confident to do it on our own. Remember, Chinese telecommunication equipment and system are now prevalent in both Globe and Smart networks, as it would be in the network of the 3rd player. Banning Chinese telecommunication systems in developed countries like USA and Australia did not prevent massive cyberattacks to harm them. In fact it just gave them a false sense of security.

Source: Dr. Eliseo Rio Jr. FB Page

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