Gov't should build ICT infra, but not become new telco, say analysts


Posted at Nov 23 2017 01:58 AM | Updated as of Nov 23 2017 01:30 PM

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The government should provide the backbone for another telecommunications company but should not aim to be another telco, two ICT reform advocates said on Wednesday. 

Tito Galla of told ANC's Future Perfect Tech Shorts that the government does not have the "tactical flexibility' needed to operate as a telco, but can provide infrastructure for telecommunications.

"If the government sticks only to the backbone area, or let's say to the free wifi project, which is relatively stable, then I think the government can succeed very well," Galla said. 

"In this case, there's an opportunity for the government to show that it can invest in part of the network and not actively operate that network," said Grace Mirandilla Santos of the Better Broadband Alliance.

Last week, the government announced that it was partnering with Facebook to build a high-speed internet infrastructure. 

This week, MalacaƱang announced that President Rodrigo Duterte "offered" China to become the third telco operator in the Philippines.