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Robust Internet infrastructure will spur economic growth: Globe President Ernest Cu

Adrian M. Reodique | Jan. 15, 2016
Cu also calls for equitable distribution of the 700 megahertz of frequency.

Globe Telecom urges the Philippine government to prioritise the enhancement of Internet infrastructure and the passing of an Open Access Law.

"In addition to enhancing and improving access to education, government services, entertainment and social media, a robust Internet infrastructure provides tremendous opportunities for business and greatly impacts economic growth. This is something the government can help by providing the right regulatory environment as we build an Internet infrastructure that would develop ICT capabilities of local industries for stronger economic growth and wonderful Philippines," said Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu.

Cu also calls for a faster legislation of an Open Access Law; which he said can mitigate bureaucratic red tape and other political hurdles that slow down the deployment of telecommunication and broadband infrastructure in the country, such as cell sites.

He said telco companies are required to secure permits. Globe, for example, has about 500 cell sites waiting to be built at any given time, he added.

"Prioritising the Open Access law for the telco industry would help fast track fiber builds that will increase Internet access and speeds in the country," said Cu.

Aside from that, Cu also advocates for immediate harmonisation and equitable distribution of the 700 megahertz (MHz) of frequency as a response to rapid increase of data traffic caused by growing smartphone use in the country; and at the same time, to improve Internet speed.

According to him, the proposed harmonisation is supported by ITU, an ICT agency under United Nations. Cu added that during the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) last November, the ITU has formally moved to allocate the 700 MHz band to the global mobile industry. 

The move by ITU is also supported by the GSMA, a London-based association of mobile operators worldwide.

According to Globe's press statement, GSMA said that maximising the unused 700 MHz mobile frequency spectrum can potentially accelerate the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of a country by tenfold. On top of that, GSMA's Mobile Economy Asia study also showed that the full use of the spectrum may create an additional 2.1 million job opportunities in the Asia Pacific Region by 2020. 


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