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Gov?t wants 3rd telco to focus on fixed broadband

The Department of Information and Communications Technology wants the third telco player to focus on providing fixed broadband services to break the duopoly.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology wants the third telco player to focus on providing fixed broadband services to break the duopoly.

“Instead of starting to compete with the duopoly in mobile services, where they are already strong with two decades of infrastructure building and more than 105 million subscribers, the third player should compete initially in the fixed services, where the duopoly is weak, with only 17 percent establishments, homes, and offices having internet access,? said Eliseo Rio Jr., officer in charge of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Rio said the third player can use the last mile infrastructure of electric companies that would partner with it.

“In Metro Manila and other densely populated urban areas, there are now technologies that offer residential customers high-speed Internet access through the air. The service is a fast and affordable alternative to cables and fixed lines, that can give symmetrical 100 Mbps download and upload speeds to homes. And frequencies are available for this,? he said.

“Having more fixed line access would greatly decongest the mobile network of Globe and Smart, improving their QoS [quality of service]. So the immediate solution to improve internet speed and cost is to provide more fixed line access,? Rio said.

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