The Manila Times has recently published an article about the deal between the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and electric cooperatives allowing the co-ops to become Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that apparently raised an alarm in the local cable industry.
From the article mentioned, FICTAP stood its ground with its expression of disapproval of the government's move to tap the National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (Philreca) to expand the reach of broadband services to rural areas. FICTAP are committed and said that the whole cable industry is "up in arms against illegal and unfair partnership" in which might enable power co-ops to penetrate the telecommunications industry "despite their lack of franchises, authorities, and licenses."
Read more of the article here.
FICTAP have recently posted two letters addressed to DICT about its protest and objection to the unabated MOU signing between DICT and electric cooperatives.
View official statements in the Publication section.
Dr. Dante A. Ang, chairman of The Manila Times TV, visits the Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Associations of the Philippines (FICTAP) office to discuss with FICTAP Chair Estrelita Juliano-Tamano (right) and Vice Chair for Luzon Cecilia La Madrid-Uy (left) a tie-up between members of the federation and The Manila Times TV, which will be launched soon. FICTAP is the organization of cable TV providers in the country.
FICTAP National Chair, Estrellita "Neng" Juliano-Tamano - together with DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. & Philippine Ambassador, Evan P. Garcia held a meeting with International Telecommunication Union Secretary General Houlin Zhao in his head office during their visit in Geneva.
FICTAP National Chair, Juliano-Tamano mentioned: "I explain to Secretary General Zhao the importance of pole regulation in the ITU that hinders the cable internet and telecommunication implementation and promised to take up the issue and invited FICTAP to be SECTOR permanent member of the ITU."
View photos here.
The 19th International Cable Congress & Exhibit will take place on the 8th and 9th of March 2018 at the archival Manila Hotel. We have currently opened the early bird reservations for our future partners and exhibitors on the upcoming cable congress exhibit!
Downloadable forms will be available soon!!!
Watch our National Chair, Estrellita "Neng" Juliano-Tamano discuss about the telecommunications in the Phlippines live at Negosyo ni Karancho hosted by Miguel Gil of DZRJ last Aptil 30, 2017.
Watch the video below.
FICTAP recently went to Hannover, Germany to join this year's Global Event for Digital Business held last March 20 - 24, 2017. FREE registrations have been offered exclusively for FICTAP members.
Over 3,000 exhibitors from hundred countries will showcase different latest technologies, products and services. Plus, organizers will conduct exclusive orientation for FICTAP MEMBERS on the first day of exhibit.
Watch the video below.
FICTAP has released two official statements containing initial comments from the National Chairperson, Estrellita "Neng" Juliano-Tamano regarding the Senate Resolution #28 & Draft Subtitute Bill Amending CA #146.
FICTAP invite its members to join the upcoming CommunicAsia Exhibition 2017 on March 23-25, 2017 at the Basement 2 to Level 5, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 10:00am - 6:00pm.
For visitor pre-registration visit: http://www.communicasia.com/to-visit/visitor-pre-registration/
FICTAP, the largest non-profit organization of cable television operators in the Philippines invites its members to join this year's Global Event for Digital Business on March 20 - 24, 2017 at Hannover, Germany. FREE registrations are exclusively offered to FICTAP MEMBERS. Over 3,000 exhibitors from hundred countries will showcase different latest technologies, products and services. Plus, organizers will conduct exclusive orientation for FICTAP MEMBERS on the first day of exhibit.
For inquiries, contact our accredited travel agency Ms. Maida Binag at +63915-903-6360 OR +63925-770-1211 or email email@example.com.
Gelo Gonzales, Rappler
The biggest hindrance to the rollout of free public WiFi is the time it takes to get permits from local government units (LGU), an official from the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) told a technical working group (TWG) meeting at the Senate on Tuesday, October 4.
In order to install or operate the necessary equipment or infrastructure in an area, the DICT and its partners have to secure a number of permits and licenses, Enrico Toledo, the project manager for the DICT's free WiFi projects, explained.
The problem, Toledo said, is not the requirements â€“ as they are â€œvery simpleâ€ â€“ but the amount of time it takes for the local government units to process the permits after the requirements have been submitted. It can take â€œa month or 2 or 3â€ before the LGUs successfully process the permits.
Taking a month or more for LGUs to process the permits is just too long, the project manager said. The waiting time has to be reduced from months to days if the department is able to hit its target of deploying WiFi to 5,250 schools by November 2017, he said.
â€œThree days,â€ Toledo recommended.
The 5,250 schools include 347 state universities and colleges (SUC), 2,855 public high schools, and 2,048 elementary schools across the country. Before the year ends, they are targeting implementation in 668 municipalities, each with one to 2 schools.
The 18th International Cable Congress & Exhibit will take place on the 9th and 10th of March 2017 at the archival Manila Hotel. FICTAP have currently opened the early bird reservations for our future partners and exhibitors on the upcoming cable congress exhibit!
A wide-ranging memorandum of understanding of mutual cooperation to bring to the country's rural areas the benefits of TV white space technology by using unused TV channels as internet carriers was recently signed between the Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and the Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Associations of the Philippines (FICTAP).
The Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) has signed a working arrangement with the Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Associations of the Philippines (FICTAP) to help flesh out its objective of bringing the benefits of television white space technology (TVWS) to the Philippine countryside.
ICTO, a development-oriented entity attached to the Department of Science and Technology, is the agency mandated by law to craft and implement programs and policies to ensure the speedy and efficient delivery of public services that will improve the county's global competitiveness in the constantly advancing information and communications technology.
A project which the ICTO is now fast-tracking is a framework on TVWS which will enable the delivery of internet service to the rural areas, specifically in public schools, hospitals and government offices. TV white space technology is so-called because it will utilize unused television channels as carriers of internet to places that are too far for any existing internet providers to reach.
FICTAP, whose large network of micro, small and medium cable TV enterprises constitutes the widest coverage of Philippine rural areas, is in an ideal position to help ICTO gain accessibility to its targeted beneficiaries. Signed during the recent 15th landmark Manila Hotel, the memorandum of understanding calls for the extensive cooperation of ICTO and FICTAP in technology trials, assessment, evaluation, adoption and implementation of the TVWS technology connectivity in the country.
FICTAP National Chair Estrellita "Neng" Juliano-Tamano who signed the MOU with ICTO Executive Director Louis Napoleon C. Casambre, subsequently called on all members of FICTAP and like-minded associates to prepare to participate in the first TVWS technology trials.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada leads the ribbon cutting ceremonies at the opening Thursday of the 15th International Cable Congress and Exhibit of the Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Associations of the Philippines at the Fiesta Pavilion of Manila Hotel.
With him [on the photo] are FICTAP Director Joe Delmendo; NTC Deputy Commissioner Delilah Deles; FICTAP Chair Estrella Juliano-Tamano; and FICTAP Convention Chair Cecilia La Madrid Dy.
The 15th Federation of International Cable TV and Telecommunications Associations of the Philippines (FICTAP) International Congress and Exhibit will be held at the historic landmark Manila Hotel on march 6-7, 2014.
Because of the benefits it brings in terms of technological updates and improved relations with concerned government agencies, suplliers and technocrats, the FICTAP Congress has become an event anticipated by the burgeoning cable industry.
When it comes to providing the nation with world-class entertainment and education 24 hours a day, FICTAP has become the undisputed cable TV leader, counting members from the biggest cities to the smallest towns in the Philippine archipelago and still growing - a decade and a half sinc eits founding by a handful of countryside cable operators.
FICTAP has continuously staged this annual event since its establishment in 1999. With its relentless efforts to protect and enhance the interests of its membership, FICTAP is today the authentic and recognized voice of the multi-billion cable television industry, especially of the medium and micro cable enterprises in the countryside.
The yearly conventions have enabled the members of FICTAP to interact with concerned government agencies and suppliers of the latest cable technologies and merchandise. The next FICTAP convention this March will tackle the theme, "Technology Convergence: Its Impact on the Cable TV Industry."