Duterte warns Telcos: Increase internet speed or I'll open foreign telecommunications



Duterte earlier declared he would open the country to foreign telecommunications firms that could provide better service if the existing telcos do not do something to improve Internet connection and access.
“I will make it a public policy – the Internet connectivity,” Duterte told a press briefing in Davao Saturday night.
 Philippines ranked 176th out of 202 countries worldwide in terms of internet speed. In Asia Singapore has the fastest internet speed.

How Asian countries fared in Ookla’s household speed index 
1. Singapore – 122.43 Mbps
2. Hong Kong – 102.96 Mbps
3. Japan – 82.12 Mbps
4. South Korea – 59.77 Mbps
5. Macau – 50.66 Mbps
6. Taiwan – 50.59 Mbps
7. Thailand – 19.82 Mbps
8. Mongolia – 17.92 Mbps
9. Vietnam – 17.70 Mbps
10. Bangladesh – 9.86 Mbps
11. Cambodia 9.04 Mbps
12. Nepal 8.63 Mbps
13. Brunei 7.99 Mbps
14. Bhutan – 7.82 Mbps
15. India 7.04 Mbps
16. Malaysia 7.03 Mbps
17. Laos 6.92 Mbps
18. Indonesia 6.68 Mbps
19. Myanmar 6.54 Mbps
20. Pakistan 4.00 Mbps
21. Philippines – 3.64 Mbps
22. Afghanistan – 2.52 Mbps

During his election campaign Duterte promised to make cheaper and faster Internet speed connectivity.



Gary Dujali, Smart Communications marketing head for consumer broadband and PLDT Home vice president and marketing director, however said that they have already been improving their services the past years.
He said that entry of foreign competition is also a welcome move.
GARY DUJALI, SMART MARKETING HEAD

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