Aquino keen on National Broadband Network but not revival of NBN-ZTE deal
While he noted a need for a national broadband network, President Benigno S. Aquino III made it clear that he is not in favor of reviving the controversial NBN-ZTE broadband project for the government.
During a chance interview in Malacanang, President Aquino said that there is a need for a broadband and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is currently “inventorying what we have” as the basis for the broadband network.
“Now, if there is need to engage the telcos, which was my position, they are already ready as far as a broadband is concerned,” he said after the oath-taking of appointed government officials, and generals and flag officers.
“So [as for] reviving something similar to the ZTE, no way. Pero utilizing what we already have to meet the needs, and that is currently being assessed, the plan is being drawn up by DOST,” the president stressed.
The controversial P330-million national broadband network (NBN) deal between the Philippines and China’s ZTE Corp. was cancelled in 2007 after news about anomalous government contracts came out.
“Coincidentally, nag-report ang DOST kung gaano kamali iyong ZTE na project at kung gaano ka-obsolete by the time it would have been set up,” President Aquino added.
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