The American Chamber of Commerce’s Information and Communications Technlogy Committee held its first monthly briefing of the year entitled “Status of the Incoming Third Telecommunication Company” on 27 February 2018 at City Garden Hotel, Makati City. Said event was graced by the presence of Mr. Eliseo Rio, Jr., OIC-Secretary, Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). This event tackled the bidding process, current challenges of the Philippines on internet service, and the role of DICT in ensuring Filipinos get the proper internet service they deserve.
As the country with one of the slowest internet service, DICT OIC-Secretary Rio believes that there are room for improvements and opportunities to create a faster and stronger connectivity through a third telecommunication company. The role of the third telecommunication company is to provide a 5G service to boost and enhance the capacity and capability of the other telecommunication companies currently present in the country – enabling them to be more efficient and effective in terms of providing services.
With this in mind, the Highest Committed Level of Service (HCLoS) is set as the criteria for the selection of the new major player to ensure committed speed across the coverage of the networks ensuring the coverage to have the capacity to handle the planned subscriber volume. This will also ensure efficiency of investment, being at par or more effective with the existing major players and would have seamless interconnections, and annual commitments would encourage early roll-out and frontloading of investments.
The support from DICT include the frequency bands to be used, facilitate the agreement for use of Transco/National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Dark Fiber and issuance of the International Gateway Facility License, and provide access to their facilities.
OIC-Secretary Rio mentioned the new date of the awarding of the bidder shall commence by end of May.
Written by: Rafael Quilala, Industry Development Specialist
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