MANILA – The Philippines, including some of the most remote parts of the country, is now more connected thanks to giant leaps in information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure through the Department of Information Technology and communications (DICT), its partners in government and the private sector.
Under the office of former DICT secretary Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II, who resigned his post in October to run in the 2022 election, average broadband and mobile internet speeds in the country have dramatically increased. improved.
Based on Ookla’s latest Global Internet Speed Index, the average download speed for fixed broadband in the Philippines is currently 46.44 megabits per second (Mbps) and the average download speed for mobile is 18 , 68 Mbps.
These, compared to an average high-speed download speed of 7.92 Mbps for broadband and 7.44 Mbps for mobile in July 2016.
To date, Ookla ranks the Philippines 72nd out of 181 countries in its Global Fixed Broadband Internet Speed Index and 90th out of 134 countries in its Mobile Internet Speed Ranking.
“Connectivity, which includes access to data and information, is now classified as a right, along with food, clothing, shelter and health services,” Honasan said.
DICT, currently headed by Acting Secretary Emmanuel Rey Caintic, has also made great strides in ICT development in the far reaches of the country through its “Free Wi-Fi for All” program.
“We will continue to build on the ministry’s accomplishments in driving digital transformation in the country. Our market orders remain the same: connecting all Filipinos to the benefits of the digital economy, no matter where they are in the country, ”said Caintic.
As of October 1, there were now 11,203 free Wi-Fi sites nationwide after increasing its deployment rate from around 800 sites per year from 2016 to 2019 to a total of 4,305 sites in 2020 alone.
To complete the joint circular memorandum led by the Anti-Red Heading Authority (ARTA) which streamlines the issuance of authorizations necessary for the construction of common towers, the DICT launched in September the “Digital infrastructure monitoring system: Tower Watch PH “.
The initiative aims to reduce regulatory burdens on the construction of ICT infrastructure in the country.
On June 28, 2021, DICT entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Philippines – Center for Technology Management (UP-TMC) which provided scholarships to 1,000 government employees as part of the master’s program the director of government information.
The Center for Global ICT Training, Certification, and Recognition Center was established to provide industry-level training and certification and is considered part of the ICT Academy which will support capacity development programs and of DICT capabilities.
A total of 4,745 Tech4Ed centers, aimed at providing opportunities in the digital economy to marginalized sectors, have also been created by DICT since the start of the program.
As part of the national government’s Covid-19 response, DICT joined several interagency initiatives that led to the operations of the Vaccine Information Management System which serves as a key processing and analysis system for vaccinations. Covid-19 as well as the DICT Vaccine Delivery System (D-VAS).
The DICT has also spearheaded the development of the VaxCertPH portal which enables the issuance of digital and uniform certifications for Covid-19 vaccines. (ANP)