DICT accuses NOW Telecom of delaying 3rd telco entry

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio slammed NOW Telecom for suing the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), and even went on to speculate that the move was a way to delay the entry of the 3rd major telco player.

NOW Telecom, an affiliate company of NOW Corporation and a 3rd telco bidder, filed a complaint with the Manila Regional Trial Court and asked for a temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction on the bidding process.

The company accuses the NTC that some provisions within the terms of reference (TOR) for the bidding process were a “money-making scheme.”

In a text message to Rappler, Rio justified the following fees questioned by NOW Telecom:

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