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Globe: Gov’t should prioritize Internet infra



As local industries digitize, Globe Telecom urged the government to prioritize internet infrastructure for economic growth.

In particular, the telco wants solons to enact the Open Access Law enabling providers to share the 700 MHz equitably.

By providing the right regulatory environment, the government can help the private sector build an internet infrastructure to develop the Information Communication Technology (ICT) capabilities of local industries for stronger economic growth, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu stressed.

Enacting the Open Access Law will cut red tape so that telcos can deploy cellular sites faster and hasten the issuance of permits for telco facilities at the local government level

Telcos are required to secure several permits and Globe alone has about 500 cell sites waiting to be built.

“Prioritizing the Open Access law for the telco industry will fast track fiber builds so we can increase internet access and speeds in the country,” he pointed out.

Also, the state needs to immediately harmonize and distribute the 700 megahertz of frequency to cope with the increasing data traffic amid growing smartphone use in the country.

The use of the 700 MHz will help improve internet speeds nationwide, Cu emphasized.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) supports the proposed harmonization, maintaining its use will help bridge the digital divide worldwide.

The organization formally moved to allocate the 700 MHz band to the global mobile industry at the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in November last year.

The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) likewise supports the ITU’s move on the 700 MHz spectrum.

The London-based GSMA is composed of 800 operators and more than 250 companies in the mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organizations in related industries.

Maximizing the unused 700 megahertz (MHz) mobile frequency spectrum can boost the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) by tenfold, according to the association.

In addition, its Mobile Economy Asia study found that the full use of the spectrum can create an additional 2.1 million jobs for the Asia-Pacific region by 2020.