The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) became more crucial as the prolonging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) caused another enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) extension up to the end of April with a spike of demand for bandwidth, wireless connectivity, as per ICT officials claimed.
With several companies had to render their employees to retreat from office and instead to settle remote work arrangements as well as the rest of the Filipinos relying on the internet for updates and indoor-related activities while quarantined, fast-tracking progress for the development of telecommunications is imperative in this time of lockdown.
ICT-Davao president Sam Matunog had said there will be a “burst of opportunities” in online education, online-mediated logistics, and online collaboration tools and technologies. “This is definitely a boon for Telcos (telecommunication companies).”
As of this last month, Dennis Uy’s third major telco player Dito Telecommunity Corporation (Dito) had started putting up cell sites in the city, with the plan to build up about 175 telecommunications towers in Davao City for the technical launch scheduled in July 2020, as per DICT-Mindanao Cluster 3 Regional Director Erlito Tancontian related.
According to Globe Telecom, there has been a record of more than a 40% spike in residential data traffic over the past three weeks. In relation to quarantine as well, reports of cybersecurity attacks have been detected in healthcare facilities and labs recently. All these pressing situations should urge the government to allow Dito telco to hasten its construction as the third major telco player.