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President Duterte appoints OICs for DOH and DICT

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed officers-in-charge for the Department of Health and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the memoranda designating Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio as OIC of DICT after the resignation of former Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle is appointed OIC for the Department of Health after the rejection of the ad interim appointment of former Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial by the Commission of Appointments. – UNTV News & Rescue

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New telco player to offer faster internet despite limited frequency

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – There is only 20% of frequency left that the incoming third telecommunications provider can use in the country.

There are fears that the new telco player may not be able to easily give good service because a large portion of the frequency is already being used by the 2 giant telcos.

But according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the new telco player can offer faster internet service because it will use a fixed line internet connection

This is a connection that does not depend on cell sites but thru cables and wires

One example of a fixed line internet is the connection installed by DICT along EDSA in all MRT stations

This is faster compared to the internet coming from cell sites.

The UNTV News team tried to connect to and tested the speed of a fixed line internet near the MRT station.

The test showed searches done with 36 Mbps or megabits per second speed, which is quite fast.

The DICT said this is the kind of internet service that the third telco player will offer to the Filipinos.

The new telco player will focus on internet users in houses and offices who use fixed line connection while internet users relying on cell sites will remain with the two giant telecom companies

With this, internet traffic will be decongested, and internet coming from cell sites, as well as from fixed lines, will be faster.

“So ito yung pwede natin dalhin sa mga individual houses… dahil marami ang mag subscribe nito bababa ang presyo,” DICT Sec. Eliseo Rio Jr. said.

(So this is what we can offer to individual houses…and because there will be many subscribers, prices will go down.)

Currently all internet users rely on cell sites

The DICT said the ideal number of internet users per cell site is 1,000.

But because the country is 67,000 short of cell sites, more than 1,000 users share one cell site.

“Kulang na kulang tayo (we are really lacking) because right now 20,000 and yung subscriber natin ay marami umaabot ng (our subscribers reach up to) 5,000 per cell site tayo ngayon (at present),” Rio said.

And with the telecommuting bill that Senator Joel Villanueva is now pushing to get approved in the Senate, having a faster internet connection is a must and a primary necessity.

The telecommuting bill is seen to help decongest heavy traffic in Metro Manila by allowing all internet related work and school lessons to be done at home.  – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte orders the fast approval of new telco in the country

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to immediately approve the entry of a new player in the country’s telecommunications industry.

According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the President wants to ensure the approval of the application of a new telecommunications company in China in the first quarter of 2018.

“The NTC and DICT were tasked to approved all applications and licenses within 7 days only upon complete submission of requirements and that if it is not approved within 7 days, it is deem approved,” said Roque.

Despite this, Malacañang assured that the entry of the Chinese telecommunication giant in the Philippine market will be in accordance with existing laws.

The Palace said that the process of approving the said company will comply with the Philippines’ policy on foreign ownership and the existing regulations of the NCC.

“I was assured by the OIC of the DICT that they will be absolutely transparent in the bidding process, the public will know whats happening,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar initially stated that the Chinese government has chosen the China Telecom to invest in the Philippines.

The decision of the President to allow the entry of another telco in the Philippine market comes amid the public dismay over the slow internet connection in the country. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

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President Duterte offers China to be 3rd telecom operator in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced the end of telecommunications duopoly in the country after President Rodrigo Duterte offered China to operate the third telecom carrier in the Philippines.

“During the bilateral talks between President Duterte and the Chinese premier, President Duterte offered to the People’s Republic of China the privilege to operate the third telecom’s carrier in the country,” said Presidential spokesperson Sec. Harry Roque.

China has not given a particular name of the company for the offer.

Aside from this, there will be additional two terabits per second because of new internet facilities that will be built through the partnership of the government and a Facebook affiliate.

Malacañang said this could have been implemented long time ago as well as the breaking of the duopoly in telecom carriers but was delayed during the leadership in the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) by Rodolfo Salalima.

This is the conflict of interest mentioned by President Duterte when he fired Salalima.

“This agreement with the subsidiary of Facebook should have been signed as early as December 2016. It was not signed by the former secretary of the DICT. It was further reported by the special investigating committee that the former DICT secretary likewise may have prevented the earlier breakup of the duopoly by delaying the use of satellites as viable option,” said Roque.

If these initiatives will push through, it’s not only the cellular technology that will be improved but also the internet speed and access. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue




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