GLOBE Telecom Inc. (Globe) is calling for an open access law in the telecommunications industry to help improve internet connectivity in the Philippines.
The Ayala-led telco on Tuesday said that the government must prioritize internet infrastructure in the country to help the domestic economy grow amid the digitization of industries.
In a statement, Globe pointed out that the implementation of an open access law in the telecommunications industry would help mitigate bureaucratic red tape and other political hurdles that stand in the way of the deployment of telecommunication and broadband infrastructure such as cell sites.
“In addition to enhancing and improving access to education, government services, entertainment and social media, a robust internet infrastructure provides tremendous opportunities for business and greatly impacts economic growth. This is something the government can help by providing the right regulatory environment as we build an internet infrastructure that would develop ICT capabilities of local industries for stronger economic growth and wonderful Philippines,” said Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu.
Globe is pushing for the immediate harmonization and equitable distribution of the 700 megahertz frequency to sufficiently provide for rapidly increasing data traffic amid growing smartphone use in the country.
He emphasized that the use of the 700 MHz band will help improve internet speed in the country.
The proposed harmonization is supported by ITU, which maintains that utilization of the frequency will help bridge the digital divide worldwide. The organization formally moved to allocate the 700 MHz band to the global mobile industry at the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in November last year.
The ITU’s move on the 700 MHz spectrum is also supported by the GSMA, which said that maximizing the unused 700 megahertz mobile frequency spectrum can potentially increase the impact of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) tenfold. The group’s Mobile Economy Asia study also found that the full use of the spectrum has the potential to create an additional 2.1 million jobs for the Asia-Pacific Region by 2020.
The London-based GSMA is an association of nearly 800 operators and more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors.