Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that the lack of network infrastructure to support today’s Internet activities was due to the popularity of texting in the early 2000s.
“We were sending around 1.4 billion text messages or SMS a day, and for this 2G technology, we did not require so many towers,” said Rio in a Facebook post. It was only in 2012 when mobile data became the new norm that compelled telcos to upgrade their networks.
By the time telcos decided to move to improve, the bureaucratic red tape got in their way to fast-track network modernization.
Last month, government agencies signed a joint memorandum circular that streamlines requirements, lessens the necessary documents to put up cell towers, and shortens the timeline for obtaining permits from 200 days to 16 days.