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Jan 23, 2018 @ 22:33

3rd telco player can’t offer text messaging: Here’s why DICT sees no reason to fret


The third player in the Philippine telecommunications industry cannot offer text messaging services because it will not have 2G frequencies, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said.

During a hearing at the House of Representatives Tuesday (January 23), DICT officer-in-charge said Globe Telecoms and PLDT-Smart already own the existing 2G frequencies in the country.

“The government has no more 2G frequencies to give,” he said.

Rio, however, noted that the 2G frequency is already “getting outdated.”

He said that telcos in Singapore had stopped 2G operations in April 2017 so all cellphones had to be 3G.

“The direction of our industry is going to be that,” Rio said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered concerned government agencies to fast track the entry of the third telco player so it can begin operations by March.

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