DICT to release guidelines for new telco player this week

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to release within the week the draft terms of reference (TOR) for the entry of the much-awaited third player in the local telecommunications industry.

DICT acting secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr.

The initiative is being done in compliance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte for the department to implement measures that will hasten the entry of a new competitor in the industry to improve the state of Internet and mobile services in the country.

“We are set to release the draft terms of reference within this week. We will be holding a public forum next week for discussing the terms of reference. All stakeholders will be welcomed,” DICT acting secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said in a radio interview Monday, June 25.

Rio said he was able to discuss the delays in the selection process for the new telco with Duterte during the National ICT Summit held in Davao City last week.

“We explained to him that there is an oversight committee that is reviewing the terms of reference. He told us: Work on it. Do what is right. So there is really pressure for us to move forward,” he added.

“The terms of reference are important for us to select who is qualified to compete with Globe and Smart,” he added.

Under Administrative Order No. 11, the President has ordered the oversight committee to assist the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in the formulation of the TOR for the selection and assignment of radio frequencies for the entry of new telco player.

It will also oversee compliance of the NTC and other implementing agencies with the TOR provisions. The committee is composed of the DICT secretary as chairperson; Finance secretary as vice chairperson, Office of the Executive Secretary and the National Security Adviser.

The DICT earlier said a number of issues are needed to be settled before the TOR is released to the public and the telco industry stakeholders.

Among these issues include the distribution of frequencies which were formerly awarded to Bayan Telecommunications (Bayantel); establishment of a common tower policy which may be leased to new and existing players for the installation of communication facilities; commercialization of the National Grid of the Philippines-Transco dark fiber– unused fiber optic cables that may be utilized for the transmission of communication signals; and the reduction of interconnection rates among mobile networks.

The DICT targets to name the third major telco player within the year. — Aerol John Pateña (PNA)

1 Comment

  1. Ricardo C. Samaniego

    June 26, 2018 at 3:38 PM

    We would like to be part of this noble undertaking as we been very active in our participation in the legislative and at the last concluded Asean Summit in 2017 hosted by our country. Riicardo C. Samaniego Founder and CEO Philippine Coalition of Consumer Welfare Inc.

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