March 08, 2017

Foreign firms look into national broadband project

Foreign companies from China, Europe, Israel, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States have expressed interest in the Philippines' plan to build a national broadband network.
The news came from Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.
President Rodrigo Duterte approved the national broadband project on Monday, delivering on a campaign promise to improve internet service in the country.
Salalima said the government would ensure safeguards on data privacy.
"It is very important that even as we will have one digitized network with common bases, we have to protect the privacies of all these data," he added.
The Philippines has among the slowest internet connections in the world, next only to war-torn Afghanistan.
The first talks about nationwide broadband connection was during then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, but plans fell through due to allegations Manila's deal with China's ZTE Corp was overpriced.