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Fast internet soon? 1,502 PH telco permits approved in record time

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Telecommunication companies in the Philippines have long asked the government to streamline the application process for building cellular towers. This infographic shared from 2019, for example, is being used to show why the country lags behind our neighbors in terms of internet connection.

Number of users per cell site: A country comparison infographic by Globe Telecom via Revu Philippines

Number of users per cell site in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and India

Now, we’ve finally made a significant progress on this issue. In yesterday’s televised Cabinet meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Eduardo Año reported that of the 1,930 applications lodged with 80 local government units in 2020, 1,502 have finally been approved. This means only 428 are awaiting approvals.

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Instead of 241 days, processing time now only takes 16 days. The number of document requirements to be submitted and permits to be obtained have likewise gone down from 86 and 19 to 8 and 35, respectively.

DILG secretary Eduardo Año reports on the status of pending applications to build cell towers

The development came after Duterte’s meeting with Globe Telecom president and chief executive officer Ernest Cu, who lamented to the Philippine President the tedious and expensive system of securing permits to put up cell sites. Duterte then lashed out at the LGUs for the slow processing time of said applications.

The exchange between 2 ‘presidents’

The Philippines has consistently been one of the bottom-dwellers in internet-speed rankings. As recently as June 2020, we landed 114th out of the 138 countries that were part of Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index, with a download speed of 16.17Mbps. First-placer South Korea, on the other hand, achieved an average download speed of 110.10Mbps.

Via The Philippine Star

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 22 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.