President Duterte orders DICT to accelerate fiber optic plan, work on free public wi-fi access

President Duterte orders DICT to accelerate fiber optic plan, work on free public wi-fi access

MANILA — The Philippines will soon be at par wit other countries in terms of internet connectivity.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has instructed the newly-created Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to accelerate its fiber optic plan.

Fiber optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through another optical fiber.

Fiber optic internet is said to be better and faster than cable internet since it has the download speeds from 150 megabits per seconds (mbps) up to 500 mbps, and upload speeds from 65 mbps to 100 mbps.

Cable internet, on the other hand, usually has the download speeds of 20 to 100 mbps, and upload speeds of 1.5 mbps to 5 mbps.

The DICT, under the leadership of Secretary Rudy Salalima, is in charge of creating the policy framework for the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) framework.

”I have ordered the DICT to develop a national broadband plan to improve internet speed,” President Duterte said in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday.

The National Broadband Plan provides a clear direction for the government to ensure all Filipinos will reap the benefits of broadband, and address challenges and accelerate broadband deployment.

Meanwhile, President Duterte also stressed that the national broadband plan must include provision of free wi-fi access in public areas, including parks, hospitals, airports, seaports, train stations, libraries.

”Wi-fi access shall be provided at no charge in selected public places,” President Duterte said. Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA/northboundasia.com