A press briefing intended to flex about the supposed four-fold improvement in telco services ended up as a show of their efforts leave much to be desired.
Quoting data from global speed test provider Ookla, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday (Jan 21) said there was a 294% improvement in connection speeds for fixed broadband and 202.4% percent for mobile data from July 2016 to December 2020.
Download speeds also zoomed to 31.44 Mbps as of yearend, versus an average 7.44 Mbps tallied in July 2016.
“Siyempre po, hindi tayo titigil dito. Kinakailangan po ay maipakita pa rin natin na kapareho naman tayo o kapantay natin sa bilis ng internet ang ating mga karatig-bansa dito po sa Asya,” Roque added.
However, problems in internet connection happened midway through the briefing. DICT Undersecretary Rey Caintic, who was supposed to discuss efforts to simplify cell tower permit requirements, was disconnected from the virtual press room.
Even a reporter who was asking questions was dropped from the virtual meeting room due to internet connection problems.
“Naku, patay na! Usec. Caintic, wala kang audio. Okay, let’s try Trish again. Naku! Anyway, sa aking report po kay Presidente sa Lunes, sasabihin ko po ang nangyari on the day we rendered a report on the Telcos na nawalan po kami ng connection sa lahat,” Roque said, chuckling the very awkward moment away.
Check the 33-minute mark onwards to watch the embarrassing disconnections: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=415790562831480