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Philippines government tech agency seeks 750 percent budget boost for COVIDigital transformation

Pangasinan Philippines

There's Free, and there's 'Free'

The Malls are the place to go for free WiFi, (*) but during a weekend evening, a connection that works is almost impossible.

The system cannot cope with the demand from students who crowd the malls after school all using cell phone data.

DICT has been ordered to construct 20,000 common cell towers during the next five years to catch up such advanced countries as Viet Nam.

It takes about 7 months and a fistful of permits before construction can begin.

The National Fiber (fibre) backbone project years ago was abandoned due to alleged corruption in the issuing of contracts to a Chinese firm.

(*) Disconnected at the moment along with reduced air-conditioning to discourage crowds from the malls

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