PT&T backs submission of rollout plans by third telco bidders
Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Co. (PT&T) is backing a proposal that requires entities bidding for the third telco slot to submit roll-out plans as part of the selection process.
PT&T executive vice president Renato Garcia said they have no problem submiting a preliminary rollout plan which is normally required in any bidding.
Based on the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s new version of the terms of reference, bidders are not required to include the rollout plan in the list of selection documents and it is only required to be submitted by the winning bidder within 90 days after its selection or such other period agreed upon with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
Garcia, who has been in the IT and telecommunications industry in the past 45 years, said the submission of rollout plans would ensure that the new major player has the technical expertise and capability to implement the program.
PT&T holds a 25-year franchise, which allows the company to establish, maintain and operate both wired and wireless telecommunications systems for domestic and international communication in the Philippines.
Its existing, scalable network and infrastructure, spanning over 1,000 kilometers of pure fiber optic cables allow it to easily meet the network demands of customers in the Greater Manila area, northern and southern Luzon and Cebu regions.
The government is expected to select the the new major telco player by the end of the year.
“We will have a third telco before Christmas. The ball is now at the hands of the National Telecommunications,” DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio said.
The government will release the bidding documents to interested parties by the end of September or the first week of October. By then, the DICT can already identify which participants are serious enough to join the contest.