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Jitters over China in PH telco industry? They've long been here – DICT

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says Philippine companies have been dealing with Chinese firms

ASSURANCE. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr assures legislators that the concerned government agencies are on top of cybersecurity concerns. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Senate panels back gov't shutdown of social media accounts

Nov 27, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(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'

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gringo Honasan appointed DICT secretary

Nov 22, 2018 - 10:56 AM

(UPDATED) The longtime senator is now tasked with delivering faster internet and telecommunications services to Filipinos, a major promise of President Rodrigo Duterte

China Telecom, DICT ink deal for submarine broadband infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:33 PM

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 expect 'silent workhorse' Honasan to do well in DICT

Nov 09, 2018 - 3:34 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Senator Gregorio Honasan and other members of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on August 16, 2017. Malacañan Photo

DICT Secretary Rio: Don't replace me just yet

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'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

MORE TIME. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. hopes to settle unfinished business in the 3rd telco bidding first before an exit from the agency. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


Honasan accepts Duterte's offer to head DICT

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:52 AM

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 Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte may appoint Honasan DICT chief as early as Nov 12

Nov 07, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The decision was made during a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on October 29, says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Former Senator Gregorio Honasan prior to the start of a meeting with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Senator Vicente Sotto III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas at the Malacañan Palace on March 13, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FAST FACTS: 3rd telco player selection rules

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Here are the requirements for companies vying for the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player slot

LIVE: Bidding for the 3rd major telco slot

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The bids for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot will be opened on Wednesday, November 7

LIST: Potential 3rd telco bidders

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:42 PM

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.

Sotto says Honasan to leave Senate for DICT

Nov 03, 2018 - 11:26 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says the number of senators 'may be reduced' to 22 when the Senate resumes session in November

NEW DICT HEAD? Senate President Vicento Sotto III says Senator Gringo Honasan may soon accept the offer to head DICT. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Villar company to bid as 3rd telco – DICT

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22

NOW Corp blames DICT's Rio for drop in shares, eyes charges

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr fires back, saying that NOW Corporation's wound could have been self-inflicted

China Telecom, PT&T eye 3rd telco bid

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:56 PM

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 accuses NOW Telecom of delaying 3rd telco entry

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:48 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr insinuates that NOW Telecom probably cannot really afford to bid against financially capable companies

DICT on track to name 3rd telco player before Christmas

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology sets November 7 as the deadline for the selection of a new major telecommunications player

No 3rd telco player by November? 'I'll take over,' says Duterte

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

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'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018 that he has made a promise to get rid of corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs in the country back when he was still campaigning for the country's top government position. He went on to add that he is relentless in his efforts to fulfill these promises. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LIST: Companies vying for Philippines' 3rd telco spot

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:22 AM

At least 7 foreign and 5 local companies are gunning to be the next major telco player

TELCO WARS. Several companies are gunning to be the country's 3rd mobile provider. Rappler file photo


State universities may get P280-million budget for free Wi-Fi

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The funds are under the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology

FREE WI-FI. Students from state colleges and universities like the University of the Philippines are set to have free Wi-Fi access through the 2019 budget. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DICT taps Benguet electric coop for internet service

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) will be the first electric cooperative to deliver fast, cheap and reliable Internet service to its 190,000 members

BENECO. An Electric Lineman repairs a street light in a residential area in Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

DICT Secretary Rio prevails, 3rd telco player auction 'off the table'

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

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

Duterte names acting DSWD, DICT secretaries

May 10, 2018 - 4:08 PM

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

NEW APPOINTEES. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints new acting secretaries of DSWD and DICT. Malacañang file photo

Naming 3rd telco player won't happen before SONA – DICT

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:11 PM

'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

Duterte creates oversight committee for entry of 3rd telco player

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:50 AM

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

Cases over regulatory fees hound some 3rd telco aspirants

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(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

PLDT formally gives Cure's 3G frequency for free

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the surrendered 3G frequency is now available for a new major telecommunications player

PCC assisting DICT for easier entry of 3rd telco

Mar 07, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission is looking for faster ways to review joint venture companies interested in bidding for the 3rd telco slot

Senate committee set to investigate 'nakaw-load'

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'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

PROBE SET. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino called for the probe on 'nakaw load'. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippines to 'add sweeteners' in guidelines for 3rd telco auction

Feb 27, 2018 - 6:15 PM

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 gets 25-year franchise extension amid battle for 3rd telco player

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:48 PM

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

NGCP, DICT agree to partner for National Broadband Program

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The fiber optic network of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines will be used for the program

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Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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PH gov't releases draft guidelines for 3rd telco auction

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

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

DICT moves deadline for auction of 3rd telco slot

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'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 raises concerns over NGCP's fiber optic network offer

Feb 11, 2018 - 11:50 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr reacts to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

[OPINION] Are PCC, NTC fit to handle 3rd telco player?

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

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

NGCP offers to let DICT use fiber optic network for free

Feb 07, 2018 - 6:30 PM

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

PLDT to give up Cure frequencies 'at no cost'

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(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

AT NO COST. PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan agrees not to be compensated for the surrendered Cure frequencies, DICT acting chief Eliseo Rio Jr says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte order on Cure frequencies for 3rd telco contradicts PLDT-NTC deal

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:45 PM

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.

3RD TELCO ISSUE RAISED. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte rejects DICT request to extend deadline for 3rd telco

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:10 PM

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

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Also in the photo are Solicitor General Jose Calida and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

3 consortia forming up to battle for Philippines' 3rd telco slot

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:36 PM

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)

Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

Naming Philippines' 3rd telco might take longer than expected

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:44 PM

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.

DICT delays rule on 1-year expiration for prepaid load worth less than P300

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(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.

ONE-YEAR EXPIRATION. Effective January 5, 2018, all prepaid load with denomination of P300 and above will carry a one-year expiration period. But those below P300 will only be implemented by July 5. Stock photo

[OPINION] Third telco: More fiction than real

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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.

Duterte wants China-backed telco provider in PH by early 2018

Dec 19, 2017 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants all China Telecom applications and licenses approved in just 7 days, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang share a light moment after they make their joint press statement following the signing ceremony of various memorandum of understanding (MOUs) at the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

China Telecom to help establish 3rd PH telco player – Andanar

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:10 PM

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

SOON IN THE PHILIPPINES. A man walks past a China Telecom store in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province on August 21, 2013. Stringer/AFP

Honasan offered post as DICT chief? 'I cannot confirm or deny'

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:52 PM

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'

NEXT DICT CHIEF? Senator Gregorio Honasan II refuses to confirm nor deny his supposed impending appointment as secretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Philippine gov't, Facebook partner for 'ultra high-speed' broadband

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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

LUZON BYPASS INFRA. The deal involves two cable landing stations connected by a 250-kilometer long cable network corridor, which will provide terrestrial bypass route for international submarine cable owners seeking diversity from the Luzon Strait. File photo