Sinabi kahapon ni Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque na kasunod ito ng nilagdaang proyekto ng Pilipinas at China na “Luzon Bypass” ng Pacific Light Cable Network, isang affiliate ng Facebook na magbibigay ng bandwidth na two terabits per second.
“President Duterte offered to the People’s Republic of China the privilege to operate the third telecom’s carrier in the country. This comes after the Philippine government signed with an affiliate of Facebook a project entitled the “Luzon Bypass” of the Pacific Light Cable Network which will provide bandwidth of two terabits per second. These two terabits is equivalent to the current capacity of the duopoly operators today,” ang pahayag ni Roque.
Sinabi pa ng kalihim na noon pa sana nagwakas ang duopoly ng nabanggit na mga kumpanya noong Disyembre 2016 kung hindi inupuan ni dating Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) secretary Rodolfo Salalima ang proyekto dahil mas pinaboran nito ang kumpanyang kanyang pinaglingkuran.
“I was also tasked to explain that the process of breaking this duopoly should have been sooner. This agreement with the subsidiary of Facebook should have been signed as early as December 2016. It was not signed by the former Secretary of the DICT. And this was one of the areas pinpointed by Cabinet investigators as an area of conflict of interest for the former Secretary of DICT.
“It was further reported by the special investigating committee that the former DICT Secretary likewise may have prevented the earlier break up of the duopoly by delaying the use of satellites as viable option,” ang dagdag pa ni Roque.
Matagal nang inirereklamo ng mga Pilipino ang mabagal na internet connection sa bansa at mismong ang Chinese business tycoon na si Jack Ma ang nagsabing makupad ang serbisyo ng internet sa Pilipinas.