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Friday, March 10, 2017

Ph Telecoms Summit Day 1 – DICT to Cut Red Tape to Expedite Improvements in Ph Telecoms


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The very first Philippine Telecoms Summit concluded the first of two days, March 9, 2017 at the PICC Forum.

The whole day event was attended by top telecoms stakeholders, coming from the consumers’ side, the providers’, and the regulator’s. Headed by the Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima, the panel was gathered to put into light issues that hinder the positive development in the country’s telecoms services in the aspects of cost, speed, and coverage, and to find solutions for each.

Seven days – that should be the number of days to process licenses and permits for putting up infostructure and infrastructure necessary for telecommunications. Two more days may be given for the local chief executive to decide whether to approve or deny a permit, but if after that no decision has been made, the permit should be deemed approved. Secretary Salalima is confident that if this recommendation of his is followed, the Philippines will be looking at improvements on the telecoms services just after six months.

“Solutions with no deadlines are no solutions at all,” Salalima emphasized during his speech and reiterated the same over the discussions that followed. Thus, he set a deadline as mentioned.

The Summit was lined up with presentations from various key personalities and groups, and highlighted by two “Tapatan” sessions, the first of which focused on issues concerning the consumers, providers and the regulators, while the second delved into issues regarding infostructure and infrastructure.

The second day of the PH Telecoms Summit will feature talks on issues regarding competition, and a presentation of the summit’s outputs.

Follow the Summit as it happens via livestreaming and use #PHTelecomSummit to join the discussions.

You may access the article, speeches, and presentations from Day 1 on the DICT Website.

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