By Adrian M. Reodique
Nov. 15, 2016
The Philippine government is planning to build its own broadband infrastructure to extend internet services to the countryside.
In a report by CNN Philippines, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima said if approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, the project will start in January next year until 2020.
He added the project will cost around PHP 80 billion to PHP 200 billion, which depends on the type of network that will be built and process of management. Salalima said during his meeting with Duterte last October, he recommended the government to build and manage the network thus allow private companies to lease it.
At the first DICT Summit last Tuesday (8 November 2016), National Telecommunications (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said the geography of the Philippines is one of the factors that hinders the telco players to extend their services in underserved, rural areas as it requires high capital expense.
Through the national broadband infrastructure, Cordoba noted telcos will be able to reduce their operating expense as they do not need to put up their own cell sites in these areas.
Meanwhile, Salalima said DICT is reviewing the most cost-efficient national broadband for the country which is either fibre-optic cables or satellites. They can also work with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to leverage its existing power lines for broadband.