NTC: Let telco personnel in subdivisions to ensure stable internet connection

With more people working from home due to the COVID-19 crisis, there is a higher demand for a stable internet connection. With this, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) appeals to local government units and homeowners associations to allow the entry of telco frontliners to ensure uninterrupted internet connection in the country during the lockdown period.

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In a statement, NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba said, “I appeal to LGUs and homeowners to allow the entry of our telco frontliners into their communities to ensure that we will have a dependable internet connection in the coming days.” This is after it has come he has received reports that their frontliners tasked to do repair works on fixed broadband access cabinets were being prevented to enter gated villages due to the community quarantine.

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“Telecommunications now serve as one of our lifelines. Having internet at home or mobile data allows us to keep updated with the COVID-19 crisis, and helps us get connected with our loved ones,” Cordoba added. He also deemed “having steady and efficient internet access in the coming weeks to be absolutely necessary.”

According to a telco executive, there has been a surge of over 40% in residential data traffic due to the ECQ implementation.

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