DICT says Gov’t to install 250,000 free wifi spots and 47,000 cell sites

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As part of the National Broadband Plan, the government is planning to build 250,000 free wifi access points and 47,000 more cell sites all over the country.

This is the country’s attempt to catch up with its neighbors in Southeast Asia, said the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

DICT officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio told ANC: “Vietnam now has 70,000 cell sites compared to our 20,000 cell sites.”

This was despite the fact that the Philippines was 5 years ahead of Vietnam in rolling out its GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) network, said Rio.

To speed up the construction of cell sites, the department is looking to build “common towers” on government land, and lease these to telecommunications companies, he added.

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