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Duterte Wants Faster Internet In PH, Will Open Market To Foreign Players If Needed

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He’s not afraid of ruffling a few feathers to get what he wants

Incoming PH president Rodrigo Duterte is looking to improve the PH’s internet speed, currently one of the lowest in Asia, when he takes office in June.

Duterte, speaking to GMA News Online, said he’s planning to deal a blow to cartels in both the energy and telecommunications. For telcos, Duterte said he would hammer out a policy to improve the country’s internet speed. If the two telcos fail to comply or if internet speeds are still slow, Duterte said that he would open the industy to foreign competition.

His desire to end the bad services of telcos has been one of his talking points during his recently concluded campaign, and has often threatened to open up the local market to other firms if they do not fix their services.

“My god, gumastos na kayo para matalo ako,” he said. “P——–, papasukin ko lahat. Papasukin ko lahat — Amerikano, Chinese… kung hindi sila magimprove.”

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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15 Comments

    1. Hindi zte ang problema, corrupt politicians ang problema dahil gusto nilang gatasan ang zte. Simpleng discouraging moves dahil may investments sila sa pldt at iba pang telcos. Kung may business ka sa pinas, alam mong sobrang garapal ang gobyerno maningil magmula sa mayor’s permit hanggang sa bir annual payment.

  1. It would’ve been a healthy thing for the country to have huge companies like these to be run and owned by local folks, but local telcos have been way too abusive of their monopoly, charging a fortune for their crappy services. They don’t and will never care about customer’s complaints about their reliability since there is little to no risk in ignoring us. Why? because “we have NO other choice”.

    1. Siguradong maraming magagalit kay duterte. Madaming business cartel at politicians na may investment ang tatamaan ng kanyang change administration.

  2. Yan ang magaganda kay Digong walang self interest tamaan na ang tammaan para sa interest lag nang mga mamayan…

  3. Taena tama lang yan, banas na banas na ko sa P-Inang Sun na yan postpaid pa naman facebook lang gumagana….

  4. DUTERTE GO… GO… GO !!!

    FINALLY, THE ABUSIVE TELCOS
    HAVE MET THEIR MATCH !!!

    SUN BROADBAND YOUR
    DAYS ARE NUMBERED !!!

    R I P :

    SUN CELLULAR &

    SUN BROADBAND :

    – CHOOSE BITTER

    – CHOOSE BUWITRE

    – IT’S YOUR CHORE-VA

    MGA PUT*** IN* NYO !!!

    MGA GAGO…

    MGA MUKHANG PERA !!!

    BUHAY PA KAYO…

    MGA MANLOLOKO !!!

    MGA MAGNANAKAW !!!

    MAMAMATAY RIN KAYO !!!

    MGA HAYOP !!!

  5. magalit sila kung magalit kun ang kapalit ay magandang serbisyo sa bayan at pakinabang….they only look for themself not for the good of many filipino people……..they become rich and rich and other people become very poor….

  6. share ko lng po,sa ibang bansa n napuntahan ko like china,japan and taiwan…lahat po ng bansa na yan my libreng internet sa mga pier nila…lahat ng mga bansa na yan my mga convient/convinience store po at lahat nun libre ang internet sa kanila like 711,ministop,family mart and etc.,dto sa pilipinas,bakit po wala?mabagal na nga internet connection,hinde p libre ang net sa mga public.to think na pilipinas ang my pinaka maraming pamilya na nagsisipag abroad.maraming miyembro ng family natin ang nasa ibang bansa at mga seafarers.kelangan natin ng internet para makontak cla trough skype or messenger or viber

  7. XRemind please that the main factor why there is slower internet in the Philippines is because pldt is connected to a slower ix (internet exchange ) in hongkong only, thats the main one, easy solution is to open lease and interface the dedicated and more advance ix in the world to existing infra of pldt. If ever we have to break monopolies, let the filipinos have the break and inclusiveness not foreign as much as possible.

    1. That’s not how it works. ISPs and content providers interconnect in IXs to exchange data. PLDT, globe, sky, bayan, eastern and all our major ISPs are connected to HKIX and to multiple other IX in the world. There are even IX here in the philippines.

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