Philippines to Roll-out Nationwide Free WiFi by 2016


The plan could hurt the revenue streams of the nation's largest telecoms.


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MATsolutions' insight:

The Philippines government is set to provide free nationwide coverage to its citizens by 2016. The decision, surely welcomed by the Philippine people, is a worry for wireless carriers that will likely be hurt by a decrease in revenue. Meanwhile, the service will cost the government $32 million per year. Is this a smart move for the country, or should the government leave internet services to independent providers?