Duterte on Philippine TELCOS: Improve internet services, or new competitors come

The sixteen President of the Philippines warned the telecommunications companies in the country to improve their services specially the internet connection. President Rody told them to give a better service or suffer consequences under his administration.

Duterte told to reporters on Saturday, “For the communications guys, iyung internet connectivity, you improve the service or I will open the Philippines to competition. Pasok lahat. Then it will bring down [the price] and increase efficiency.”

PLDT is the largest telecommunication company in the Philippines. They also owned the Smart Communications, Talk N Text, and SUN Cellular. While Globe telecom is next company to them which also owned the TM Mobile.

According to ABS-CBN News, The 2015 Ookla Speedtest showed that consumer download speeds in the Philippines ranked 176th out of 202 countries. The cost per megabit per second in the Philippines is also one of the most expensive with an average value of $18.18, versus the global average of $5.21.

Aside from TELCOS, President Duterte also warned the energy sector from running its operations like a cartel.

He said, “Don’t control the energy industry. If there is a cartel or somebody na magko-compete kayo at a price higher than usual, I will open the Philippines too, pasok lahat.”

Meanwhile, Duterte also mentioned the Solar power. He said, “Solar is becoming cheap now, it used to be very expensive, now the price is diving sa Europe.

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