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New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:47:38 PM »
Roque: New telecom providers to come to PH | CNN Philippines - November 20, 2017
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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) — Expect faster and more accessible internet soon, as new telecommunications companies will enter the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday.

"President Rodrigo Duterte offered to the People's Republic of China the privilege to operate the third telecommunications carrier in the country," Roque said in a press briefing.

Duterte met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on November 15 for a bilateral meeting after the three-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

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Re: New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 03:00:14 AM »
China Telecom earmarked as the Philippines’ third telecoms player | Interaksyon - December 10, 2017
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Manila – State-run China Telecom Corp could become the Philippines’ third telecoms player, officials of the Southeast Asian nation said on Sunday, as the government looks to stir up competition in an effort to boost notoriously poor services.

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“The Chinese government selected China Telecom to invest in the Philippines upon invitation by President Duterte during the bilateral meeting last Nov. 16,” Eliseo Rio, secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, told Reuters.

Chinese companies could not operate alone in the Philippines and would need to partner with a local company.
The government is now looking at who will partner with China Telecom on a 60-40 basis, Rio said.

The Philippine constitution’s 40 percent cap on foreign ownership of domestic telecoms companies has kept interest from multinationals at bay in the market of more than 100 million people.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the state-owned Chinese company should partner with a reputable Philippines company with an existing telecoms franchise.


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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2017, 02:07:15 AM »
Duterte orders DICT, NTC to ensure China Telecom is ‘up and about’ by Q1 of 2018 – Roque | interaksyon - December 19, 2017
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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a press conference on Tuesday, cited the President’s directive to the DICT Officer-in-Charge Eliseo Rio, Jr. and NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, tasking their two agencies to approve all of China Telecoms’ applications and licenses within seven days upon receipt of the complete requirements. If these are not approved within seven days, they are deemed approved, Roque said.

“That’s how serious the President is on the entry on a third telecoms player,” he added.

He noted that constitutional restrictions on foreign ownership will be observed, having agreed on a scheme where China Telecoms will have 40 percent, and a consortium of Filipino companies will own 60 percent.

As for securing the Philippines’ network despite a foreign party given access to it, Roque said he is sure there will be measures to protect Filipinos’ privacy and national security interests. It is the Duterte administration’s policy to improve the nation’s cybersecurity, so policymakers will have measures to protect its citizens.

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4 more foreign firms keen on 3rd telco slot
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 08:07:17 AM »
4 more foreign firms keen on 3rd telco slot
By: Roy Stephen C. Canivel - @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 05:19 AM December 22, 2017

Four telecommunication companies from countries other than China are interested to team up with a local partner to become the Philippines’ third telco player, a top official of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said.

Eliseo Rio Jr., DICT officer-in-charge, told reporters on the sidelines of a press briefing on Wednesday that the third player might not necessarily come from China, in spite of President Duterte’s earlier pronouncements.

According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the President wants the third telco player to be “up and about” by the first quarter of next year. Roque said that if an application for the coveted slot would not be approved within seven days after filing, it would then be considered approved.

However, Rio said the government would name the prospective third player by the end of the deadline set by the President. The third player would need to have a war chest of at least $2.7 billion to be able to compete with existing players, he said.

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Read more: http://business.inquirer.net/242915/4-foreign-firms-keen-3rd-telco-slot#ixzz5264U4Rtw
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Re: 4 more foreign firms keen on 3rd telco slot
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2018, 08:16:35 PM »
PT&T in ‘advanced stage of talks’ with Korean telco on partnership deal
Published January 3, 2018 7:07pm
By TED CORDERO, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/638488/pt-amp-t-in-advanced-stage-of-talks-with-korean-telco-on-partnership-deal/story/?utm_source=GMANews&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_campaign=money

Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T) is in “advanced stage” of discussions on a partnership deal with a South Korean telecommunications firm, PT&T chairman Salvador Zamora told GMA News Online on Wednesday.

“We will soon make a disclosure to the PSE (Philippine Stock Exchange) that we are in an advanced stage of talks with another telco provider, not from China,” Zamora noted.

He declined to name the South Korean company.

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PT&T was working to seal a partnership deal with China Telecom, the Chinese government’s choice to enter the Philippine as the third telco player and compete with telecom giants PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc.—also called a duopoly for practically dominating the industry.

Regarding PT&T’s talks with the China Telecom, Zamora noted there was none. “At this point we have nothing to report about any progress on our talks with China Telecom,” he said.

“Their decision-making process is rather slow,” he said.

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Re: 4 more foreign firms keen on 3rd telco slot
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 01:29:58 PM »
Japan, Taiwan also keen on being 3rd PH telco player
Updated January 14, 2018, 11:04 AM

By Argyll Cyrus Geudcos

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/01/14/japan-taiwan-also-keen-on-being-3rd-ph-telco-player/

Two telecommunications companies from Japan and Taiwan are also interested in becoming the third telecoms provider in the country, the Department of Communications and Information Technology (DICT) revealed.

The announcement was made after Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar revealed that South Korean multinational conglomerate LG Corporation wants to be the third force in the local telecoms industry.

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Re: New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2018, 09:52:36 PM »
Palace scraps deadline on entry of 3rd telco player
By Azer Parrocha  March 23, 2018, 1:54 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1029789

MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte will no longer impose a deadline regarding the entry of the third telecommunications player in the country, his spokesperson said Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Chief Executive simply wants the telco carrier to be operational “as soon as possible”.

“Wala na po siyang deadline na si-net. Basta ang deadline niya (He no longer set a deadline. His deadline used to be) March, then it was not met. so as soon as possible,” Roque said in a Palace briefing.

Duterte earlier said he wanted the third telco carrier up by March but was aware that the deadline may be pushed to give other prospective players more time to prepare bidding documents.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) earlier said the selection of a third telco carrier may have to wait until end of June or early July.

This, after the deadline for submission of bids for the third telco, which had already been moved to May 24, may have to be moved again.

Roque said that while the President might not necessarily be pleased about this development, it was the “reality” he had to accept.

“Whether or not he’s happy, that’s the reality. What can he do?” he said.

Political will

Roque, however, said Duterte deserved credit for using political will to push for the third telco carrier to be operational.

“At least, he prompted that actual steps be undertaken leading to the announcement in June. Had he not exercised political will, we would still have bickering from the duopoly and machinations and orchestrations against the third telecoms,” Roque said.

Duterte has repeatedly said how he has had enough of the poor internet and mobile phone services being offered by MVP Group's PLDT-Smart Communications and the Ayala-owned Globe Telecom.

At present, telco carriers from China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and India have signified their interest to invest in the country’s telcommuncations industry. (PNA)

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Re: New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2018, 08:48:13 PM »
Best service to be basis for 3rd telco pick: DICT
By Aerol John Pateña  July 21, 2018, 11:04 am

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1042178

MANILA -- An oversight panel in charge of choosing a new telco player has selected the guidelines for use in picking a bidder, based on its capability to deliver the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) during its meeting Friday.

This mode of selection, which is being pushed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), was preferred over the auction of frequency spectrums -- a move also backed by the Department of Finance -- wherein a bidder will be awarded based on the highest offer of annual capital and operating expenditure for a five-year commitment period.

The HCLoS will award a new telco, through corresponding points based on network coverage, broadband speeds and annual capital and operating expenditures over a five-year period.

“We want the third telco to come up with services that will be at par with our neighbors. The advantage of the third telco is it is entering on a level playing field and can leapfrog to new technologies. If Globe and Smart do not improve their services, they will lose their subscribers,” DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said in a press briefing.

The department is in the process of finalizing the terms of reference as it seeks to address various issues, particularly the 3G frequencies of Bayantel, which is currently pending in the Supreme Court.

These frequencies will be awarded to the new telco player once resolved.

“If by end of July, we can have the Bayantel (issue) resolved, then we can have a published draft memorandum circular by the first week of August and that will be the start,” Rio said.

Furthermore, the DICT is hoping to complete the review of spectrum user fees of telcos by August. The DICT official had earlier said that higher fees should be imposed against telcos that are not efficiently using the frequency spectrums awarded to them.

The department hopes to select the new telco player by December and start its operations next year. It projects that this firm will be able to become established and deliver telecommunication services in competition with the existing duopoly by 2020.

“By 2020 we will have the third telco, the national broadband network, and the Facebook link and Bypass. That year, we will all feel better telecommunication services,” Rio said.

Rio has consistently stressed that pushing for an auction mode will force a new player to put up a huge amount to qualify for the bidding process, which has nothing to do with the rollout of telco infrastructures and improving services.

On the other hand, the DOF prefers to hold an auction for the frequencies, with a floor price of more than PHP6 billion to raise funds for the government.

The DOF abstained from voting between the two selection modes during the meeting.

Under Administrative Order No. 11, President Rodrigo Duterte has created an oversight committee to assist the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in the formulation of the guidelines for the selection and assignment of radio frequencies for the entry of a new telco player. The committee is composed of the DICT, NTC, DOF, Office of the Executive Secretary, and the National Security Adviser. (PNA)

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Re: New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2018, 12:16:47 PM »
Lower interconnection rates to benefit new telco player: PRRD
By Aerol John Pateña  July 24, 2018, 10:06 am

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1042408

MANILA -- Lowering interconnection rates of telecommunication firms will help create a competitive environment for a new player to enter the industry and provide services to the public, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said.

“We shall, therefore, lower interconnection rates between all industry players. Not only to lessen the cost to the consumers as it will also lower the costs for the incoming player to access existing networks, thereby creating a market environment that is more conducive to competition. This is a policy which is crucial to ensure that our solution to our telecommunication problems will be both meaningful and lasting,” Duterte said in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City Monday.

The President vowed that his administration will ensure that telco services in the country are “reliable, inexpensive and secure” and that the guidelines for the entry of a new major telco player will be “fair, reasonable and comprehensive”.

“It will be inclusive so it will be open to all interested private parties, both foreign and local. The only condition is that the chosen entity must provide the best possible services at reasonably accessible prices,” he said.

The DICT has ordered the NTC to craft policies that would result in the reduction of interconnection rates for both short messaging services (SMS) and voice calls of telcos through its Department Order No. 002-2018.

The NTC released an order last July 19 wherein telcos will be charging PHP0.50 per minute from PHP2.50 per minute for voice calls while text messaging will be at PHP0.05 per text message from PHP0.15.

Mobile subscribers are expected to experience lower charges on voice calls and text messages by August.

An oversight committee has likewise approved the draft guidelines that will use the mode of highest committed level of service (HCLoS) to select the third telco player on July 20.

Under Administrative Order 11, Duterte has created an oversight committee to assist the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in the formulation of the guidelines for the selection and assignment of radio frequencies for the entry of new telco player.

The HCLoS mode will award a bidder through corresponding points based on network coverage, broadband speeds, and annual capital and operating expenditures over a five-year commitment period.

Telco industry stakeholders have expressed preference for this mode of selection.

The DICT hopes to select the new telco player by December and start its operations next year. It projects that this firm would be able to become established and deliver telecommunication services by 2020. (PNA)

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Re: New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2018, 12:12:21 AM »
3rd telco player to be chosen by December 2018
Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) - July 31, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is ready for the selection of a third telco player that will compete with giants PLDT and Globe, saying the new player may be announced by December.

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Rio said the problem over the 3G frequency won by Bayan Telecommunications Inc. – a part of which may be included in frequencies to be awarded to the new telco player – is also on its way to being settled.

“What we are trying to do now is come up with an out of court settlement,” he said.

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In 2005, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) awarded slots of 3G frequencies to PLDT Inc.’s Smart Communications Inc., Globe Telecom Inc., Digitel, and Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprises Inc.

While Bayantel won the fifth 3G frequency slot, through an appellate court ruling in 2010, it was challenged by the NTC and the case is pending in the Supreme Court.

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Read more at https://www.philstar.com/business/2018/07/31/1838190/3rd-telco-player-be-chosen-december-2018#JRbbO8fezCbQqRoJ.99

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Re: New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2018, 07:33:57 AM »
China Telecom joins fray in PHL’s third telco initiative, buys bid documents
Published October 12, 2018 1:10pm
By TED CORDERO, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/670996/china-telecom-joins-fray-in-phl-s-third-telco-initiative-buys-bid-documents/story/

State-run China Telecommunications Corp. purchased on Friday the bid documents for the third major player in the Philippines’ telecommunications market.

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Re: New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2018, 10:56:30 PM »
3rd telco player must not be a threat to national security —DICT's Rio
Published October 22, 2018 12:26pm
By ERWIN COLCOL, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/money/companies/671999/3rd-telco-player-must-not-be-a-threat-to-national-security-dict-s-rio/story/?fbclid=IwAR24_j7oZcuH8kg20D7xSGNlCezExx1Mg3nXKyRtRL4ko2fC3UF6Ef61Rm4

The winning telecommunications company which will be chosen as the third telco player must ensure that it will not be a threat to the country's national security.

Information and Communication Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. made the remark on Monday during the Senate Committee on Public Services hearing on the selection of the third telco player.

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Rio recalled that in a past experience, telecommunications giant Globe Telecom contracted an Israeli firm to perform a cybersecurity audit during a cyber attack.

"Two years ago, we had a West Philippine Sea situation. We alerted the National Security Adviser to call Globe and ask them on their assurance that the Huawei network will not be used against national security. Globe was able to come up with an answer. They came up with a cybersecurity audit that they will do themselves. In fact, they contracted an Israeli firm to do this for them, and the report of this cybersecurity audit, the government will be given a copy," he said.

"This is what we will do on whoever wins—we will have cybersecurity because we are now experiencing so many cyberattacks," Rio said.

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So far, five local companies and at least seven foreign ones are interested in filling the country’s need for a third telco provider.

These include PT&T, Now, Converge, Transpacific-Broadband, and TiereOne for the local firms.

Meanwhile, foreign companies vying for the slot include China Telecom, KT Corp., LG U+, KDDI Corp., Viettel, Vietnam Telecom, Telenor, and AT&T. —KG, GMA News


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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2018, 11:11:31 PM »
Villar-owned firm interested to bid for 3rd telco: DICT
By Aerol John Pateña October 25, 2018, 9:25 am

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1052059

MANILA — Streamtech Systems Technologies Inc. expressed interest to become the new major player in the telco industry, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said.

“Yes, they expressed interest but would have to look for a foreign partner that has at least 10 years of experience in a nationwide telco business,” DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said in a text message to reporters late Wednesday.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11089 granting Streamtech, a company owned by the Villar family, a 25-year franchise to construct, operate and maintain telecommunications systems throughout the country.

The law states that the company secure a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity as well as appropriate permits and licenses for the construction, installation and operations of telecom systems from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

Based on a memorandum circular by the DICT and NTC on the selection process for the third telco player, participants must have experience in the provisioning, delivery and operations of telecommunications services for the last ten years on a national scale.

To date, there are nine companies that have bought bidding documents worth PHP1 million to participate in the selection for the third telco player. These are Udenna Corporation, TierOne Communications with the Luis Chavit Singson Group of Companies
Telenor Group, Now Telecom, Philippine Telegraph and Telephone, China Telecommunications Corp., Mobiltel Holding GMBH and two undisclosed companies.

The issuance of bidding documents started last Oct. 8 and prospective bidders may submit these until Nov. 7.

The DICT expects to identify the new major telco player by November. (PNA)

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Re: New Telecom providers to come to PHL
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2018, 01:38:12 PM »
Villar’s Streamtech backs out of third major telco bid
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Nov 04 2018 06:59 PM | Updated as of Nov 04 2018 10:52 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/11/04/18/villars-streamtech-backs-out-of-third-major-telco-bid

MANILA -- The Villar family's Streamtech Systems Technologies Inc. has backed out from joining the bid for the country's third major telecommunications firm.

In a statement released Sunday, the firm chaired by Paolo Villar, son of Senator Cynthia Villar, said it decided not to proceed with the bidding after "extensive discussions by management."

"After extensive discussions by management, Streamtech have decided not to proceed with the current bidding for the third telco and focus on our internal expansion programs and strategies," it said.

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Meanwhile, a consortium of 14 local and foreign companies said it is now ready to submit bidding documents to the National Telecommunications Commission.

The consortium is led by LCS Group of Communications, owned by former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson, and TierOne Communications.

Chavit Singson-backed third telco bidder bets on satellite edge
Bidding for country's third major telco player in the country will begin on November 7, according to the NTC.

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2018, 02:59:58 PM »
Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium provisionally named 3rd telco
(UPDATED) Their group, called Mislatel Consortium, garners a total of 456.50 points out of 500 under the criteria

Ralf Rivas
Published 5:33 PM, November 07, 2018
Updated 10:33 PM, November 07, 2018

https://www.rappler.com/business/216100-dennis-uy-china-telecom-mislatel-consortium-provisionally-named-3rd-telco-player-philippines?fbclid=IwAR3Ztsp_5OHeXQMiyWcJm3wIcFkY9yctR-GCY1lWUlDGVqOWm9Y8OoeXepc

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The consortium of Dennis Uy's Udenna Corporation and China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom) provisionally won the bidding for the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player slot on Wednesday, November 7.

Their group, called Mislatel Consortium, also includes Udenna subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corporation and the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company.

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Mislatel beat two other bidders for the slot: the Sear Telecom consortium of the Luis Chavit Singson Group and TierOne Communications, and the Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (PT&T).

Sear Telecom and PT&T's bid documents were both deemed incomplete, so they were disqualified from the bidding. The two can still file motions for reconsideration within 3 days. (READ: Uneven playing field? Disqualified bidders slam 3rd telco rules)