Fast, stable internet for 'mission critical' communications during lockdown: official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 19 2020 09:43 AM

MANILA -- The Philippines will ensure steady internet connection for "mission critical" agencies during the coronavirus lockdown that has put a strain on data infrastructure, a Cabinet official said Thursday.

Data connections could slow as people work and stream from homes since the lack of fiber to home connections shifts the burden to cell towers, said Department of Information and Communications Technology Usec. Eliseo Rio.

"Sisikapin natin na yung talagang mission critical communications, tuloy-tuloy at mabilis pa din," Rio told DZMM. Government access could be separated from public internet access of needed, he said.

(We will make sure that mission critical communications will be continuous and fast.)

Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc said Wednesday they were working to ensure stable data connections during the Luzon-wide lockdown, which is expected to last until April 12.

"We are always monitoring the quality of service," Rio said.

Pressed during the interview, Rio said a crash of internet systems was unlikely due to self-limitation safeguards. "Hindi aabot sa point na magkakaroon ng permanent damage. Mafi-feel natin may slowdown, hindi total crack."

(It will not come to a point where there will be permanent damage. We might feel a slowdown, but not a total crack.)