We are creating some awesome events for you. Kindly bear with us.

DICT to ramp up internet connectivity in the Philippines

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recently announced its plan to improve telecommunications and internet connectivity in the Philippines. Also, a plan for a government-owned national fibre-optic network through the National Broadband Program (NBP).

The move comes after apparent improvements in average internet speeds in the country, as per recent surveys. Based on the Ookla Global Index, the Philippines has significantly improved in internet speed, marking a 216.94% increase in fixed broadband speed and a 127.82% increase in mobile internet speed from July 2016 to July 2020. According to the data, the country now registers an average of 25.07Mbps and 16.95Mbps for fixed broadband and mobile internet, respectively.

In a statement, DICT noted that the average internet speed suggested for video conferencing is around 1 to 4 Mbps, while standard definition and high-definition video streaming are around 3 to 4 Mbps and 5 to 8 Mbps, respectively.  Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) requires only 90 to 156 kbps.

While the country’s mobile internet speeds have multiplied in recent years, it can still do more by improving fibre optic cables and cell tower infrastructure, the DICT Secretary, Gregorio B. Honasan II explained. DICT acknowledges the average internet speed improvements in the country in the past four years, based on available data. However, the Philippines’ biggest problem concerning digitalisation remains the lack of ICT infrastructure, resulting in poor coverage across the country, leaving many with weak to no connection signal. Thus, DICT is emphasising the need for funding and support for the NBP.

The Secretary stated that the responsibility to improve national ICT infrastructure should not belong to the private sector alone. A government-owned network, built even in remote communities and not based on market viability, must become a reality.

The proposed budget of around PH₱ 18 billion (US$ 371,383) is set to cover the Philippines by 2022 under the Program’s Phase 2. DICT Assistant Secretary Emmanuel Rey Caintic explained that the proposed budget will speed up the lighting up of fibre optic cables of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) across the country. He added that DICT can simultaneously install active components for fibre optic cables in various provinces and deliver expected results in six to nine months given the requested funding. Part of the budget will be spent on microwave radio towers, which will be deployed in areas with no fibre optic cables.

Phase 1 of the NBP is expected to be completed in early 2021. Using the 2019-2020 budget, DICT is set to activate and connect the Cable Landing Station in Baler, Aurora to the NGCP node in San Fernando, La Union through the Luzon Bypass Infrastructure. Four DICT nodes and 15 NGCP nodes will also be activated.

DICT is currently working with eight provinces regarding the establishment of provincial broadband networks that will be linked to the fibre optic cables from the NBP Phase 1 implementation.

In perspective, neighbouring countries with similar initiatives, such as Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand, have allotted significantly higher budgets for their national broadband networks. Indonesia is reported to have allocated over US$ 22 billion for its five-year national broadband plan, while Australia and New Zealand have allocated around US$ 37 billion and US$ 1.19 billion, respectively. Other countries, such as Singapore, are improving their systems by spending around US$ 550 million and opening their network to all service providers. While the approved budget for NBP Phase 2 is around PH₱ 902 million (US$ 18 million), approximately PH₱ 17 billion (US$ 350 million) more is required to build a fiber-optic network that would encompass the entire country.

The NBP is part of DICT’s Connect-Connect-Connect initiative, which aims to improve telecommunications and internet services in the country.


Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.


CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.


Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.


SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.


HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 


IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

Send this to a friend