The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has shown its support for the initiative of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to streamline the permitting process for the installation of fiber optic cables.

The NTC made a call to all concerned government agencies to facilitate the installation of fiber optic cables which are vital to improving our broadband network in the Philippines.

The initiative came amid telco’s non-stop expansion and upgrade of their network services and facilities with the government’s help by reducing red tape at the LGU level.

Out of the 50,000 cell towers target, 17,000 cell towers were completed in the Philippines last year.

This year, over 2,000 new cell site applications have been approved since President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the reduction of red tape at the LGU level which had hampered telcos from expanding their networks.

NTC saw that the current arrangement for cell towers can be applied to make fiber optic cables as the broadband network standard in the country.

The agency is also seeking a more affordable and extensive connectivity alternative by creating a government-owned broadband network through the “National Broadband Program.”

Fiber optic Internet is the fastest of its kind in the market. With the government fast-tracking the installation of fiber optic cables, it would be a big step for the Philippines to further improve the country’s Internet connectivity as its transitions to a new and better normal.

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