Duterte to telcos: Improve your service or face foreign competition
According to President Duterte, telecommunications companies should improve their services or face foreign competition.
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“If you do not do it right, you wait, I’m going to China,” Duterte said.
“I’ll open up everything for competition. Buksan ko na lahat.” He added.
“Ito ngayon, I’ll open a number.. Mag-contribute si Pangilinan pati si Ayala ng numero ko, tutal they’re maraming pera sila dito,” he said referring to Manny Pangilinan, the Chairman of PLDT Inc.. and the Ayala family, the owner of Globe Telecom Inc.
“Wala kayong kumpetensiya. Maghihintay ako ng reply. Matutulog muna ako, kinabukasan ko pa mabasa. Tinitiis ko lang yan,” Duterte said.
“[PLDT and Smart] are, for example, currently undertaking a 3-year program that will bring LTE mobile internet services to 95 percent of the country’s cities and towns. We are also expanding our fiber-optic service to more parts of the country. We have submitted our mobile internet expansion plans to the NTC,” Isberto said in a text message.
Globe also released a statement that it supported the president’s call for faster internet connectivity.
Meanwhile, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar revealed the government plan to improve telco’s service.
“Iyong solusyon na inilatag ni (Department of information and Communication) Secretary Rudy Salalima ay either magtayo iyong gobyerno ng sarili niyang telco. Number two, ay punan ng gobyerno iyong lugar na mahina or walang presence ng mga cell sites or fiber optics. At pangatlo, ay kumuha talaga ng magpa-bid out para sa third player at papasukin talaga para mas lalong maging vibrant iyong kompetisyon,” said Andanar.