President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ensured that China Telecom Company will begin its Philippine operations on the first Quarter of 2018.
Duterte instructed the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to ensure that the 3rd telecom provider be up in 2018.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said, the government agencies have been ordered to approve the 7 licenses applications upon the complete submission of requirements.
Furthermore, the Chinese company decision was political in providing telecom services to millions of customers.
The Philippines’ internet speed is so slow at 3.6 Mbps, even lagging behind its ASEAN neighbors like Indonesia(4.1Mbps), Laos(4.0Mbps), Myanmar(4.9Mbps), Malaysia(5.5Mbps) and Cambodia(5.7Mbps). While Singapore is enjoying a whooping 61.0 Mbps internet speed.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma also criticized how slow was the connection in the Philippines when he visited the country last October.
“I arrived late last night and I tried to test the speed of Philippine internet… It’s no good,” the Chinese business tycoon said regarding the internet speed in the Philippines.
“Honestly, it’s unfair to blame anyone for slow internet. Opportunity exists in areas most people complain about. If you can solve a complaint, you have a chance,” he said.