Fast internet speeds have become pivotal all over the world. We need to do everything in our power in order to invest in fast, dependable internet speeds, and once we do that the results can be staggering all the time. That’s especially true for a country like the Philippines. Other governments have already invested a lot of money in broadband. Japan usually averages $162 billion on broadband expenses, and then South Korea invested $24 billion, with China doing $289 billion. It’s clear that the internet is a very important expense for them, and they are taking it very seriously. Which is a good thing, because there are tremendous benefits to be had from something like this.

Then you have countries like Vietnam which spends $820 million for a submarine cable system, Thailand who spends $343 million to bring in broadband to villages and Malaysia even has a $233 million investment designed to enhance the power of its broadband connection too. All these things are very important, and you really get to see the quality results and unique value being brought to the table.

The Philippines needs to understand that investing in broadband is pretty much mandatory at this particular time. Improving the overall infrastructure of the country is important. After all, there’s a major shift towards digital services, so a faster system is pretty much mandatory at this particular time. There are lots of astounding benefits to be had, so it’s just a matter of committing to the right results and knowing how to obtain the best experience.

In order to do this properly, the Congress must offer DICT the P18.18 billion that were requested. These will help provide the cable landing station in Baler, Aurora. This will connect to the NGCP from San Fernando. If this is done, then the department can easily fire up 15 NGCP nodes and 4 DICT nodes, so the potential is indeed huge and the results can be very impressive. Once that happens, they can deliver bandwidth to clients all over the region, which is very helpful.

Since Dito is rolling out, which is the third telecom player in the country, the digitalization for the Philippines will be a bit easier. The company has already constructed 1000 cell sites and they have 1200 more in the works until January 2021. Dito will have its commercial launch in March 2021, and it has tremendous potential.

It’s a great step in the best direction, and according to DILG, it will only take under a month from the previous half a year in order to get permits and finally establish telecom towers in the country. If you want to be very competitive in the ICT field, then you must invest in broadband. There’s definitely a challenge as you try to access all the benefits, but the potential is definitely there, you just have to harness everything accordingly. The potential is huge, as long as the right investments are made. It might take a bit of trial and error to implement the right broadband system, but investing in it has become a pivotal thing for the Philippines!