A Telco &lsquo:Broadbanding&rsquo: Education in Philippines

In the Philippines, while lack of classrooms and textbooks are still problems, the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education has been widely recognised as a means to improve teaching. However, the high costs of PCs and putting up access facilities plus the necessary training supports are factors in holding back the growth of Internet usage in many schools all over the country. But in recent years, there have been a number of various initiatives from the government and the private sector to address these barriers.

Uptake for mobile services, specifically text messaging services, has been pervasive throughout the country. Mobile penetration has grown quickly and is now estimated to have reached 40% or 35 million subscribers by early 2006, from only 2.7 million mobile subscribers in 1999.

However, percentage of Internet users was still at 9.1 % of the population or about 7,820,000 in March 2005. In the education sector, one computer can be shared by 111 high school students

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