Internet remains slow for many Pinoys

Yes it remains slow because of the ongoing repairs of the damaged undersea cables caused by last month’s (Dec 26) quake in Taiwan.

But it also makes you wonder how fragile Asia’s Internet infrastructure is. This story looked at recent reactions from the blogosphere (at least they can connect and still join discussions online.) and its implications on local businesses and how foreigners view our country’s ability to react to such “unforeseen” events. Previously, I wrote a story that indicates local companies are revisiting plans for disaster preparedness. Evidently, it is clear that some outsourcing companies are studying moving their operations in India, as the story revealed.

The Philippine telecommunications industry is currently a deregulated environment. Government has the power to impose certain policies on how the telecommunications networks (including the Internet) should be configured. But it lacks support and teeth to encourage more competition (well, government has not been short of proposing policies to further deregulate the local telecommunications environment). More competition means more players. And more players mean consumers and local businesses will have more choices of services to connect to in case services bog down.

As this article reveals, the private sector currently dictates the ICT policies in this country.

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Erwin Oliva

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