NTC to hold hearing on slow PH Internet speed


Posted at Oct 20 2014 06:54 PM | Updated as of Oct 21 2014 02:54 AM

MANILA – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is set to hold a public hearing in November to discuss the telecommunication industry's standards on the minimum speed of broadband connections.

NTC has issued a notice of public consultation and hearing to major players in the telecom industry and required major shareholders to submit proposed changes on minimum internet speeds as stated under Memorandum Order No. 07–2011 on or before November 4.

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said the proposed amendments to the order will be discussed in a public hearing on November 7.

Cordoba said the proposed changes should contain parameters, methods and period of measurement.

He added that there should also be a consensus on who will measure the speeds and what method will be implemented for mediation and arbitration in disputes.

The Philippines has slow internet speeds due to infrastructure limitations, according to Philippine Long Distance Telephone Corp. (PLDT) and Ayala-led Globe Telecom in last month’s Senate hearing to discuss internet speeds.

Cordoba said the benchmarking of the broadband services of telecommunication providers will be rolled out soon.

NTC is seeking a P15.5 million appropriation for the 2015 budget to acquire benchmarking equipment. The benchmarking will help identify broadband service quality that is being provided by telecom firms.