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Telcos back BBM's call to boost PH connectivity

Major telco players in the Philippines expressed their support for President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s goal of achieving universal connectivity.
Marcos during his first SONA Photo from his official Facebook page

Telco players support Marcos admin's push for universal connectivity

PLDT, DITO Telecommunity, and Converge issued separate statements after Marcos' first State of the Nation Address.

Universal connectivity will be a vital component in order to ensure that no citizen is left behind, Marcos said.

PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio reiterated the group's commitment to delivering improved services to its customers and its continuous efforts to expand its network across the Philippines.

We support the government's thrust to connect our countrymen and make sure that no Filipino is left behind as the world becomes more digital. Our continuous network investments are proof of this long-standing commitment to provide more Filipinos access to fast, reliable and affordable internet, enabling them to participate in the ever-growing digital economy, wherever they may be in the country, Panlilio said.

He added that the Pangilinan-led group is "prepared" to help the new administration's digitalization efforts for government agencies.

Despite being a new player, DITO also said it fully supports Marcos' vision.

DITO Chief Administrative Officer Adel Tamano said the telco has been "aggressively building" its digital infrastructure to hit its commitments of providing high-speed internet to every Filipino.

We promise to deliver to the new administration's goal of ensuring every Filipino thrives as the digital world grows, especially highlighted during the pandemic, Tamano said.

Converge ICT Solutions Inc., meanwhile, said it is "pleased" that Marcos targets to prioritize universal connectivity, especially when the COVID pandemic forced every sector to embrace digital solutions.

We have ensured that we have the correct infrastructure in place and built our own domestic backbone and network so that world-class, resilient, and high-speed pure fiber connectivity is ready for service to Filipinos nationwide. With this digital infrastructure, we are more than ready to assist the government in the efforts to achieve universal connectivity, said Dennis Anthony Uy, CEO and Co-Founder of Converge ICT Solutions.

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