Ngayon lang nya napansin!: Poe blames NTC for slow internet in the Philippines

Ngayon lang nya napansin!: Poe blames NTC for slow internet in the Philippines

Senator Grace Poe is back in the news and now she is putting all the blame with the National Telecommunications Commission's "incompetence" for the slow internet speeds in the country, saying it was the agency’s non-prioritization of construction of cellular towers in the country.

A research conducted by Globe Telecom in 2018 showed the Philippines has nearly  17,000 cell sites, while regional peers Indonesia and Vietnam have 91,000, and 70,000 cell towers, respectively.

"Napaka incompetent talaga ng regulator natin, I am sorry to say," Poe said in an exclusive interview with Ted Failon’s Ngayon in Teleradyo.
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(We have a very incompetent regular, I am sorry to say.)
"'Yung NTC, dapat talaga 'yan ang inaatupag nila. Iba ang inaatupag e... Hindi lang 'yan sa administrasyong ito, marami diyan carry over from the past [administrations]," she said.
(This is what the NTC should have been working on. They are focusing on something else... Not just in this administration, but including others who were appointed from past administrations.)

The “new normal” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has criticized the NTC for the dismal internet speed when it is needed the most, most especially in the country’s education and business sectors shift to online classes and work-from-home schemes.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said in 2017 that 250,000 WiFi spots and 47,000 cell sites would be built in the country in the coming years.

Telcos have yet to report how many new cell towers have been built in the last few years, Poe said.
"Siguro kami (senators) na lang magpapa-report directly, monthly dito sa mga telco kung ano ang kanilang ginagawa at kung kailangan mag-file ng mga kaso sa kung kani-kanino," she said.

(Maybe we will just ask telcos to report to the Senate directly, monthly on what they have been doing and if cases need to be filed against several people.)

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