PH will have its 3rd Telco in December - Pres. Duterte

PH will have its 3rd Telco in December - Pres. Duterte

There is a reason for Filipinos to be happy this December.

President Duterte during his televised one on one talk with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said the country will have its third major telecommunications player by December.

He said that he will select the offer of the bidder with the ‘best track record.”
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The entry of a third player has long been anticipated since, the two existing Telco giants Smart and Globe has been lording the country for the last couple of years.

“Late, early November, pag wala pa (if there’s no decision yet), I’ll take over. Ilagay ko iyan sa Office of the President. And I will invite all the businessmen and I will decide in front of them kung sino (who it will be),” Duterte said after Panelo asked the status of the potential entry of a third telco company in the country.

“I will resolve it by late October or early November. By Christmas, alam na ng mga tao kung sino na ang (the people will know the) third player,” he added.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was quoted to have said that it aims to finish the selection process before the end of 2018.

DICT was originally was set to finish the selection before the President gave his 3rs State of the nation address.

President Duterte told PAnelo that if forced by circumstances, he will place the selection process under the Office of the President (OP).

“Give me your position papers. I’ll read it, give me about 30 minutes then I’ll come back and tell them. I will decide. ‘Yun na at ibigay na ‘yung linya (That’s it and the line will be given),” he said.

Eliseo Rio, DICT officer – in –charge said, the 3rd Telco player is expected to secure a congressional franchise and should be able to spend at least P500 billion over five years.

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Report from Manila Times


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  1. That is a very good idea & for all of us.Good job Mr.president.

  2. Competitions will be great..everyone of the telcos will look on how to convey more customers by having lowering rates

  3. kaya marmaing nagagalit ke PRRD dahil sa gnitong pagbabago n ginagwa nya.. kaya lahat gagawin nila para mapalayas lng sya sa pwesto.. think about those multi million companies na masasagasaan nya at mawawalan ng mga subscribers..tinipid nila ng todo ung services sa mataas n singil tos magpapasok si digong ng company n may mas mabilis n inet service ..mas maaus n com network.. services n nd lumalamon ng loads at the same rate ng presyo o baka mas mababa pa.. salute PRRD go lng para sa pagbabago