By: Elena Grace Flores
YouTube video by philstarnews
Duterte to Smart, Globe: Gov’t to take over if services not improved
Warning Telcos is Timely
Filipinos have no better choice but to adapt quickly to the digital ways of doing things. This time for survival amid the pandemic. The President can only make a tough call to Telcos to help them out. The fate of ABS-CBN is proof that the Filipino leader’s warning is not a joke. They better shape up by December or face government expropriation. As per records, siblings Senator Imee and Bongbong Marcos earlier spoke of the same issue through their blogs in hope for the country’s digital-ready capability.
Shameful Internet Performance
The two major telcos have the slowest internet connection in Asia. This is despite their more expensive rates. Speedtest Global Index notes that the mobile download speed in the Philippines is around 16.17 megabits per second. The global average is 34.67 Mbps. People can also attest to how prompt their collection is despite frequent fluctuations. At worst, disconnections. Some experience months of no service. Delinquent accounts are then put into the hands of their legal arm that would warn these subscribers of their bad financial records if they do not have the intention to pay. Primarily because of their own disservice.
Some senators disagree with government expropriation. To create a competitive market for them is much better, they said. DITO Telecommunity of China prepares for a March 2021 rollout through Udenna Corp. Businessman Dennis Uy from Davao owns it. He is a supporter of the President. Their ties stimulate detractors. Not giving credits to the efforts that its entry can break the monopoly. Expropriation may not be the best digital solution but these communication giants must be told. There’s no other authority that can do that better than the President himself.