Mislatel vows 27 mbps internet speed in 1st year

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 27) — China Telecom-led Mislatel Consortium promised to deliver 27 megabits per second (mbps) of internet speed in its first year.

"We are not burdened by obsolete technology. We will be bringing in new technology, the latest, most innovative technology. In fact, we are looking to bring in 5G," Mislatel spokesperson Adel Tamano said.

Tamano earlier said current major telecommunications players Globe and Smart only bring an average of 10 mbps to its millions of subscribers.

Mislatel is 40 percent owned by Chinese state-run China Telecom and the rest is owned by Davao City business tycoon Dennis Uy's Udenna Corporation and Chelsea Logistics.

The consortium also vowed to top the coverage of Globe and Smart after three years.

"Globe and Smart, now in their 20 years of operations, up to now they only covered up to 70 percent of the country," Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio said.

The third major telco player committed to cover 37 percent of subscribers on its first year, up to 84 percent in its fifth year.

It also promised to put up a thousand cell sites in a year. Former Smart executive Rogelio Quevedo, however, doubted Mislatel's commitment.

"Maybe I can believe that you can put up 200 cell sites in one year.  But with due respect I highly doubt that you can put up 1,000 cell sites," he said.

The DICT also said it will forfeit Mislatel's ₱24-billion performance bond if it will be unable to deliver its promises.