Gov't telco body can now confirm Mislatel as new major player, DICT chief says

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Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) chief Eliseo Rio Jr.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 17) —  The government's telecommunications (telco) body may now confirm Mislatel Consortium as the provisional new major player.

Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Chief Eliseo Rio Jr. said Saturday the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) En Banc may issue the confirmation order for Mislatel Consortium, should it qualify.

"Mislatel made a commitment to greatly improve our telecommunication industry that can bring us at par with Singapore and is putting a hefty performance bond if they fail in its commitments in a five-year period," Rio said in his Facebook post.

This, even as the Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (PT&T) lodged a complaint before the Supreme Court (SC), alleging that the NTC had acted with grave abuse in discretion during the selection of the third telco player.

The DICT chief reiterated the PT&T's case before the SC is outside the selection process.

"It's a case of a contestant challenging the rules of the organizer, interpreting it to its own benefit," he said in a message to CNN Philippines.

Rio said one of the best ways Mislatel can comply with its commitments is to use the facilities of small players such as NOW Telecom, Converge ICT, SEAR Telecom and others.

"The third telco will spur business for small telcos and last mile links like CATV operators," he explained.

In an earlier interview with CNN Philippines Business Roundup, Rio said Mislatel can begin rounding up requirements for its post-qualification. These include getting the necessary Securities and Exchange Commission certifications and for Mislatel, which won through a consortium with Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company, Inc., Davao-based Udenna Corporation and Chinese government-owned China Telecom, to organize itself properly.