The Internet's 10 Most Influential Filipinos
Willy Gan is one of the first
movers and implementors of the Internet in the Philippines. His actions coupled with that of other key IT
leaders sparked the flame that started the Internet revolution here. Gan is on of the founding memebers of
PHNet and chairperson of Mosaic Communications, the first commercial ISP in the Philippines.
Why he's influential.
Gan relates that in late 1993, he was involved in the planning,
designing and setting up here of PHNet, the first ever Philippine academic network that resides in the
Internet. A lot of IT people know that PHNet was the first project to leverage on the Internet for its
members to communicate among themselves. His involvement, together with IT luminaries such as
Rodolfo Villarica, Dr. William Torres and the others paved the way for both government and private
sectors to look more into the possibility of using the Internet to enhance communication. Seeing that the
Internet could do so much more, Gan together with William Torres, established the first commercial ISP in
mid 1994 and christened it Mosaic Communications. Gan told the Web that they established Mosaic or
Mozcom to create the information superhighway in the Philippines. "Since we have the networking
knowhow, it was the natural thing for us to do," says Gan. Their action and the success of Mozcom fueled
the entrepreneurial spirit of Filipino businessmen to go on providing Internet access themselves. There are
now more than 120 Internet service providers in the Philippines.
Vision for the Net.
Gan says that the Internet is the only one aspect of the goal of
creating an internetwork. "We would like to see more usage of our network in general communication
such as voice and video for corporate use. In the future, the current data network will eventually dominate
all network usage including that of the traditional voice network," says Gan.
This article by Janette Toral, Franchette Soriano,
Emir Samonte, Anthony Rola and Carlos Gonzales was published in The Web Philippines
January/February 1999 issue. WIRED! Philippines thanks TWP editor-in-chief
Heinz Bulos for giving us permission to republish the article.
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