Dominguez, Medialdea, Esperon to join DICT panel choosing Globe-Smart duopoly killer
MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte created an oversight committee that would assist the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) for the entry of a third telecommunications player in the country to smash the duopoly of Smart Communication and Globe Telecom.
Under Administrative Order No. 11,the panel will be composed of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary as chairperson ( Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr is acting Secretary); Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez as vice-chairperson; Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea; and, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.
On the other hand, all concerned government agencies have been directed to provide necessary support to the NTC and to the oversight committee to streamline and expedite the issuance of permits, licenses and/or certificates.
“It is the objective of this Administration to ensure reliable, inexpensive and secure telecommunications services in the country,” stated in the A.O. signed by the President on April 6, 2018.
“Telecommunications is essential infrastructure to a country’s economic development and competitiveness,” it added.
The entry of a new major telco player, according to the President’s order, is a matter of paramount national interest “which shall redound to the benefit of the public by ensuring genuine competition”.
“There is a need to ensure that the entry of a new major player in the telecommunications market shall be undertaken in an integrated and transparent manner,” it said.
The oversight committee shall be “functus officio” within 30 days from the selection and assignment of the frequencies subject to the TOR to the new major telecommunications player.
Recently, the DICT said it would announce the third telco player before the President delivers his third state of the nation address (SONA) in July.
The Philippines has one of the most expensive telecommunications services in Southeast Asia, according to the Global Information Technology Report 2016 of the World Economic Forum.
Telco players from China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and India have signified their interest to invest in the Philippines’ telecommunications industry. (PNA)