Third telco player to be chosen based on highest committed level of service
The long search for a new telco player that could break the Globe-PLDT duopoly may be over soon.
The government has decided to select the third telco player based on the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) over the auction process being pushed by the Department of Finance..
Department of Information and Communications Technology Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio said the DoF abstained from voting during the meeting conducted by the committee tasked to oversee the selection process for the third telco.
Under the HCLoS model, the government will increase the spectrum users fee (SUF) in order to raise more revenues for the government.
Rio said there would be a public hearing on the final draft of the terms of reference.
The HCLoS method picks the third telco player based on national population coverage (40 percent weightage), minimum average broadband speed (20 percent weightage) and annual capital and operational expenditure (40 percent weightage) computed annually over a five -year period.
The selection committee will use a point system based on the documents submitted by the applicants.
The winning bidder will be awarded the following frequencies — 700 megahertz (MHz), 850 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2010 MHz, 2.5 GHz (gigahertz), 3.3 GHz, 3.5 GHz and 10.5 GHz.