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Meet the Contenders for the 3rd Telco Player in PH

If everything works out fine, one of them will be named provisional winner by November 7

On November 7, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will provisionally name the third major telecommunications player that is set to compete against the industry’s two giants, Globe Telecom and PLDT.It is a moment that was 11 months in the ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | November 06, 2018 09:00:00
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House OKs Bill That Lets Telco Users Keep Their Mobile Number After Changing Networks

Similar measure already passed by the Senate, raising chances it will become a law very soon

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved House Bill (HB) 7652, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, on third reading on Monday, September 10.The proposed law requires telecommunication companies to give users the option to retain their old mobile numbers ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | September 12, 2018 06:00:00
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How Much Were Top Executives of Globe and PLDT Paid in 2017?

Are high bonuses related to companies' rising earnings?

The highest-paid executives of the two leading telecommunications firms in the country, PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom, earned tens of millions in 2017.Both companies listed five executives they consider as the highest-paid, which include each firm’s CEOs, presidents and other key officials. ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | August 30, 2018 11:00:00
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New Telco Up and Running By End of 2019 Says DICT

Oversight committee agrees to choose third telco player based on committed service rather than auction

The government will choose the new major telecommunications player in the local market based on its promised committed service in its first five years of operations, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced on Friday, July 20.The Highest Committed Level ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | July 20, 2018 07:00:00
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Want to Be Part-Owner of a Major 3rd Telco Contender? Now Could Be Your Chance

Now Corp. has secured SEC approval to sell up to 10 million shares at Php100 each

Now Corporation, one of the companies eyeing to launch the third telco player in the country to break the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom, is raising up to Php1 billion through preferred shares.Related story: Who are the Companies Eyeing to Launch ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | June 14, 2018 01:00:00
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Will Moves to Lift Foreign Restrictions Add to Delays in the Selection of 3rd Telco Player?

The DICT is eyeing end-August but also wants to liberalize telecoms to attract more foreign contenders

Already running late—well past President Rodrigo Duterte’s initial March deadline—the selection of a third telco player is now being pushed back to end-August or early September, according to the latest timetable of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).Nonetheless, the agency ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | May 04, 2018 03:00:00
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PLDT Vows ”?"Fiber-Speed” of 50-100 Mbps for Half of DSL Customers by End-2018

Plans record Php58 billion in capital expenditures as government attracts third telco player

The PLDT Group is committing a record Php58-billion capital spending budget for 2018, as it strengthens its fixed-line and wireless services, PLDT Inc. Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said in a press conference on Tuesday, March 8.“It’s gone up to Php58 billion because ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | March 12, 2018 10:00:00
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Who are the PH Companies Eyeing to Launch the Country’s Third Telco Player?

Get to know the names frequently mentioned in news reports as would-be challengers of the telecom duopoly

Until late last year, a third telecommunications company player to compete with the so-called duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecom seemed like wishful thinking, even if President Rodrigo Duterte set a March 2018 deadline for the new telco to be up and ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | March 05, 2018 09:00:00
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Gov’t Toughens Rules to Ensure 3rd Telco Player Doesn’t Slack Off

Winning bidder required to put up performance bond and deposit 30% of planned investment each year

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) released last Monday, February 19, a joint memorandum circular that outlines the draft rules and qualifications for the third telco, as well as the selection process that the government will undertake in choosing the ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | February 20, 2018 02:00:00
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Can Gov’t Take Frequencies From Globe and PLDT to Give These to the 3rd Telco Player?

Policy makers admit available spectrum is not enough to make new entrant competitive

Hopes for the entry of a new telecommunications player to compete with the duopoly of PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom surged after President Rodrigo Duterte instructed regulators late last month to ensure that “the third telco player should be up and about ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | January 18, 2018 07:00:00
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Will China Telecom Be PH's 3rd Telco Player? Here’s What You to Need to Know About the Chinese State-Owned Company

It still needs to find a local partner and acquire a franchise from Congress

Less than a month after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. announced that President Rodrigo R. Duterte had offered China to be the third telecommunications provider in the Philippines, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed that the Chinese government had selected China Telecom ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | December 11, 2017 06:00:00
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Duterte Turns to China to End Telco 'Duopoly' in PH

President Duterte offered the "privilege" of operating a telco to China during bilateral talks last week

President Rodrigo Duterte had offered China the "privilege" to operate the country’s third telecommunications carrier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. announced last Monday.In a news release published by the Presidential Communications Operations Office dated November 20, Roque revealed that President Duterte had ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | November 21, 2017 10:00:00
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PH Mobile Internet Loses Speed in July-September, Slowest in ASEAN Again

But OpenSignal report says availability improved slightly

The Philippines’ 4G mobile broadband connection speed averaged 8.24 Mbps in the third quarter of 2017, according to the newest State of LTE report released by mobile operator analyst OpenSignal. That is slower than the country’s average 4G speed in the first ...

by Lorenzo Kyle Subido  | November 03, 2017 12:00:00