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Gov’t formally declares Mislatel as PH’s new telco player

The Mislatel consortium is officially the country’s new player in the telecommunications market after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued its “Confirmation Order” on Monday, November 19.

The Mislatel consortium, comprised of Udenna Corporation, Chelsea Holdings, and China Telecom, passed the document verification phase conducted by the NTC’s Selection Committee that merited them for the final confirmation from the NTC en banc.

Out of the three aspirants, Mislatel was the lone qualified bidder that passed the evaluation procedures en route to being declared as the provisional third telco last November 7. The Motion for Reconsideration of the two disqualified bidders, Sear Telecom and PT&T, were both denied by the Selection Committee.

“As we reached the end of the tunnel of this NMP (new major player) search, the ball is now on Mislatel’s court to deliver on their promise,” said Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) acting secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr.

In its Highest Committed Level of Service (HCLoS) bid, Mislatel vowed to deliver 27 Mbps of minimum average broadband speed on its first year before zooming to 55 Mbps in the next four years. It has also devoted to service 84.01% of the population before the end of its five-year commitment period.

NTC can forfeit the Mislatel’s performance security of around P25 billion and recall the awarded frequencies should it found a breach in any of its commitments.

With this, Rio said he expects the new player to tap existing small players to meet their own promises.

“One of the best ways Mislatel can comply with its commitments is to use all existing facilities and services of the other small players,” said Rio. “The NMP will spur business for small telcos and last mile links like CATV operators.”

Mislatel has 90 days to submit required documents stated in the NTC MC 09-09-2018, including its roll-out plan for the entire commitment period, for the processing of its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN).


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