Pres. Duterte Ask NTC to Report Speed Performance of Globe & Smart

The tough-talking chief executive, President Rody Duterte will be counting on the assessment of the National Telecommunications Commission to see if the local telecom providers Smart and Globe upgraded their network services as the President's December deadline looms. 

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, his office has been trying to get in touch with NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba for feedback on speed performance of Globe and Smart. 

"Kinakailangan po natin ng kasagutan dito dahil ang NTC ang regulatory agency ng ating mga telcos, para malaman natin kung nagkaroon na nga ng improvement [We really need answers from the NTC as the regulatory agency for our telcos, so that we will know if there have been improvements]," Roque said during his regular briefing.

The President ranted against PLDT's Smart Communications and the Ayala-owned Globe Telecom during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July 2020, threatening to take over their operations if there are no improvements by year-end. 

Filipino internet users nationwide have become more reliant on mobile data during the COVID-19 pandemic as they are forced to work or study from home. 

The warning of President Duterte against Globe and Smart is not the first time that the chief executive was doing against the duopoly of Globe and Smart. 

The President already issued a warning to telcos for them to step up their operations and performance, after winning the 2016 presidential elections. 

Pres. Duterte warned the companies that if they do not provide faster internet connection, foreign investors will be allowed to do the job.

This is also similar to threats to take over the services of water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water due to supposedly unfair contracts, which has not happened to this day.

Spokesperson Harry Roque stressed the urgency of better mobile communications and added the urgency of getting DITO Telecommunity, the country's third player, to come on board. 

The new service provided owned by billionaire businessman and one of the richest in the country, Dennis Uy is scheduled for commercial rollout in March 2021.

"Sa ngayon po, ang personal experience ko, wala pa rin pong pagbabago [As of now, based on my personal experience, there has been no progress]," the Palace official said, lamenting that his mobile phone is useless for voice calls.

Roque said the private firms have no more excuse for lousy services after the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act required local government units to fast-track the approval of permits to build cell sites nationwide – an issue raised by Globe president and chief executive officer Ernest Cu to Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases back in August.

Roque gave the telco firms the benefit of the doubt, saying it could only be a matter of time to put up these cell sites. He asked both networks to submit reports on how many they are bound to install.

Source: PNA / CNN Ph

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