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Handa na ba kayo? Duterte vows to bring 3rd telco player to PH


Globe Telecoms and Smart Communications better brace for the entry of a competitor soon.

President Rodrigo Duterte is bent on bringing a third player into the telecommunications industry dominated by Globe and Smart within the next five year.

Duterte revealed his plan to break the duopoly in the telco sector in a dinner meeting with select opinion writers in Malacañang this week.

“As the President told us last Tuesday evening, he will make sure such a competitor will enter the market to stop the duopoly from, in his words, further abusing their customers,” Philippine Star columnist Boo Chanco wrote on October 6.

Duterte has told telco players to improve their services or he will make sure they face stiff competition.

During the dinner, Duterte told columnists he was frustrated with Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Rodolfo Salalima over his supposed failure to facilitate the entry of a third player into the telco industry.

Salalima, who was Duterte’s batch mate at the San Beda College of Law, was Globe’s chief legal counsel for several years before joining the government.

He recently resigned after being subject to pressure in connection with the national broadband network project, though Duterte claimed he asked the Secretary to quit for bragging about his stint at Globe.

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