The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is poised to launch the proof of concept (POC) of a project on satellite connectivity in the country, an initiative supported by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT).
In a statement, Perry Ferrer, PCCI director for Innovation and Digital Economy and Science and Technology, said the group will roll out Phase 1 of the POC on satellite connectivity which will set up internet via satellite in six geographically- isolated and disadvantaged areas in the country. The areas were not identified.
Phase 2 of the project proposes that the Philippines will have its own satellite.
George Barcelon, PCCI president, said the group is looking at enabling satellite connectivity to ensure government services and social services such as education, healthcare and skills training will effectively reach the unserved and underserved areas while also facilitating economic activities in these areas.
PCCI said in a recent meeting, Uy noted the advantage of satellite connectivity.
“A satellite dish orients itself and there is no need for engineers to do it. The deployment of a dish will also be quicker since no towers are needed. The current fiber backbone is only good for highly urban areas. When distance is far, connectivity becomes inefficient, such as in islands like Palawan,” PCCI quoted Uy as saying.
Uy said connectivity will also benefit the education sector and that the DICT is working with the Department of Education for the development of online learning modules that makes use of readily available online teaching materials done by experts.
Uy encouraged PCCI to promote online banking and provide ecommerce opportunities for rural communities.
He also suggested to the group to extend assistance to MSMEs in rural areas by providing an ecommerce platform that functions like an online marketplace with a digital payment system, logistics, and sourcing.