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The Department of Information and Communications Technology says Philippine companies have been dealing with Chinese firms
(UPDATED) The National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, under the Office of the President, wants the DICT to be authorized to shut down social media accounts that are deemed 'inimical to national interest'
(UPDATED) The longtime senator is now tasked with delivering faster internet and telecommunications services to Filipinos, a major promise of President Rodrigo Duterte
The meeting between DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr and China Telecom Chairman Yang Jie coincides with Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Manila
Senators say the immediate challenge of Senator Gregorio Honasan II as DICT chief is to assure Filipinos that the third telco would not jeopardize national security
'I see no urgency in Senator [Gringo] Honasan taking over, at least until I fully finish this job on the third telco,' says acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr
Administration Senator Gregorio Honasan II says he has decided to accept the offer 'for a better Philippines, a better government, for the Filipino people, and for a better future for our most precious children'
The decision was made during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on October 29, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III
Here are the requirements for companies vying for the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player slot
The bids for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot will be opened on Wednesday, November 7
10 companies are poised to slug it out on November 7 for the 3rd major telecommunications slot. Get to know their track record and financial health.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the number of senators 'may be reduced' to 22 when the Senate resumes session in November
Acting DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr says Streamtech Systems Technologies has to look for a foreign partner with at least 10 years of experience in a nationwide telco business
Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22
But Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr fires back, saying that NOW Corporation's wound could have been self-inflicted
President Rodrigo Duterte's first pick China Telecom buys bid documents on Friday, October 12, to be the country's 3rd major telecommunications player
DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr insinuates that NOW Telecom probably cannot really afford to bid against financially capable companies
The Department of Information and Communications Technology sets November 7 as the deadline for the selection of a new major telecommunications player
If there will be further delays, President Duterte warns he'll invite interested parties to submit their position papers to him, and he will make his choice in 'about 30 minutes'
At least 7 foreign and 5 local companies are gunning to be the next major telco player
The funds are under the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology
The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) will be the first electric cooperative to deliver fast, cheap and reliable Internet service to its 190,000 members
Selecting the country's third telco player will be based on the quality of coverage, internet speed and investment, otherwise known as the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) model
Virginia Nazarrea Orogo is named to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Eliseo Mijares Rio Jr to the Department of Information and Communications Technology
'We can’t just rush it if we want a strong telco that can compete with Globe and PLDT,' says Undersecretary Eliseo Rio Jr, Department of Information and Communications Technology OIC
The committee, led by the Department of Information and Communications Technology and counting the national security adviser as a member, will help select frequencies for the new telco player
(UPDATED) But PT&T and Now Telecom say they are contesting the supposed outstanding fees, so these have 'no bearing' on their bids for the 3rd telco slot
The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the surrendered 3G frequency is now available for a new major telecommunications player
The Philippine Competition Commission is looking for faster ways to review joint venture companies interested in bidding for the 3rd telco slot
'Let us not allow our countrymen to be victims of theft,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV as his committee is set to probe the 'nakaw-load' scheme
The government is no longer requiring interested bidders to have a minimum net worth of P10 billion. Instead, it plans to award the 3rd telco slot to the participant with the 'highest committed level of service.'
NOW Telecom is said to be among the groups vying to become the firm’s 3rd major telecommunications player, and it now has privileges similar to those granted to existing dominant players in the industry with the franchise extension
The fiber optic network of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines will be used for the program
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The Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission come up with draft guidelines on the selection of a new major telco player
'If we force the end-of-March deadline, there might not be any bidders,' says the acting chief of the Department of Information and Communications Technology
DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr reacts to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte
The PCC will have to address the competition issues confronting the 3rd telco player, while the NTC will have to ensure that the new entrant will meet the required regulatory and corporate issues before it could penetrate the market and go full blast in its operations
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines writes an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, saying it is 'willing and eager' to help develop the National Broadband Network
(UPDATED) This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly threatened to send tax auditors to telecommunications companies demanding payment for returning radio frequencies to the government
A 2011 agreement states that the National Telecommunications Commission would bid out the surrendered Cure frequencies, with PLDT being given monetary compensation. President Rodrigo Duterte now refuses to give that compensation.
President Rodrigo Duterte is adamant that the 3rd telco be ready by March despite requests of potential players to the DICT for more time to prepare requirements and secure partners
The acting chief of Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) says these 3 groups will each be led by Converge ICT Solutions Incorporated, Now Corporation, and Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (PT&T)
The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has a tall order from the Philippine president: Launch a major 3rd telecom player by March 2018. Prospective entrants think the timeline is too short.
(UPDATED) The new rule applies to prepaid load worth P300 and above starting January 6. Load worth less than P300 will only be covered by July 5.
It would take 3-4 years before the 3rd telco player could operate, go into the market, and compete. The Duterte administration would be lucky to have it toward the end of its term.
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants all China Telecom applications and licenses approved in just 7 days, says Malacañang
China Telecom would now need to look for a partner in the Philippines, in keeping up with rules on foreign ownership limitations in the Philippines, says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar
But the outgoing senator says, 'I'll cross that bridge when we get to it but it would be difficult... to refuse the country if the country needs me'
The government says the planned Luzon Bypass Infrastructure will have 'spectrum equivalent to at least two million Mbps,' nearly equal to the combined capacity of Globe and PLDT