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Lorenzana unaware of AFP-Mislatel deal, vows probe – Panelo

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:48 PM

The Philippine government can still pull out of the deal if officials identify security risks in the arrangement, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on June 18, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte gives Dito Telecommunity permit to operate as 3rd telco

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The awarding of the permit to Dennis Uy's Dito Telecommunity – formerly Mislatel – officially green-lights its operations as the Philippines' 3rd telco player

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issues the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company Inc. (Mislatel) through its Chairman Dennis Uy during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. Also in the photo are National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba and Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Mislatel now called Dito Telecommunity

Jul 08, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The 3rd major telco player is here and it's now called Dito Telecommunity. What do you think of the new name?


Dennis Uy, China Telecom ink $5.4 billion deal for 3rd telco

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:03 PM

The signing is held at the 2nd Belt and Road forum held in Beijing, China, with several business leaders from the Philippines, China, and other Asian nations attending it

P25.7-billion performance bond not yet paid by Mislatel

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Based on the terms of reference for the third major telco player, the performance bond of P25.7 billion should have been paid on February 17

FAST FACTS: Mislatel, the new major telco player

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Check out Mislatel's ownership structure, China Telecom's market share, and how the consortium's promised internet speeds fare globally

Senate approves Mislatel's change of ownership

Feb 06, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Senate's decision effectively allows Mislatel to operate as the 3rd major telecommunications player

With Mislatel's China links, senators wary of foreign ownership reforms

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Senator Grace Poe says some of her colleagues are taking a step back from amending the Public Service Act due to concerns over China's interests in the Philippines

WATCH: Senate takes on 3rd telco, Angkas, PITX

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The Senate committee on public services is holding a hearing at 10 am on Wednesday, January 30


IN CHARTS: Mislatel's rollout plan

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player plans to start its commercial rollout by late 2020

Dennis Uy's Mislatel guns for best telco, but faces franchise issues

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Dennis Uy dreams of fast internet speeds and great coverage at reasonable costs. But first, he needs to overcome several legal obstacles.

Trillanes calls Dennis Uy's 3rd telco venture 'cronyism'

Jan 24, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'As it is, it's now oozing with preferential treatment and, at worst, cronyism,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

LIVE: Senate tackles 3rd telco issues

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Thursday, January 24


Poe: RJ Jacinto's cell tower duopoly plan to violate telcos’ franchises

Jan 05, 2019 - 3:06 PM

'To limit it to two tower companies could also infringe on the right of the telcos with congressional franchises to build their own infrastructure,' says Senate public services committee chairperson Grace Poe.

Sen. Grace Poe during the senate inquiry on the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Echange on December 4, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House panel approves Dennis Uy’s controlling stake in Mislatel

Dec 11, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The proposal is approved despite heated debates among lawmakers

Phoenix Petroleum Corp., celebrate its 10th listing anniversary at the PSE in Makati City on July 11, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

3rd telco faces franchise trouble before House panel

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The House committee on legislative franchises tackles Mislatel's legal dispute with DigiPhil and its franchise problems

'Dissatisfied' Grace Poe seeks clarity on 3rd telco entry

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:05 PM

Senator Grace Poe says Mislatel must address cybersecurity concerns, given that China Telecom is part of the consortium

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

Gov't bias toward China seen in 3rd telco race

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:53 AM

But Fitch Solutions concedes that China Telecom has the technical expertise to compete with Smart and Globe

HOAX: Mislatel 'already installed' a submarine cable in November 2018

Nov 24, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The Philippine DICT and China Telecommunications Corporation, which is part of the Mislatel Consortium, signed a letter of intent only on November 20

3rd telco Mislatel brushes off national security worries

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:40 PM

'We are a Filipino company. We will never allow our national security to be undermined,' says Udenna Corporation spokesperson Adel Tamano

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

Globe data traffic up 49% to 641M GB in first 9 months of 2018

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Globe also says it has 10% more mobile customers in the same period than last year, amounting to a total of 65 million customers


Koko Pimentel says 'no need to worry' over China Telecom's entry to PH

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:30 AM

'Let us also be fair and not be allergic or raise alarm just because the foreign player is Chinese,' Senator Aquilino Pimentel III tells Rappler

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Disturbing red flags in the 3rd telco selection

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Suspicions of cronyism, as well as serious national security and privacy concerns, deserve more than a passing glance from our leaders and policymakers

NTC junks motions of Sear, PT&T for 3rd telco bid

Nov 13, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Sear and PT&T can still appeal the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission, but with a price tag of P10 million per appeal

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: China's telco play in the Philippines

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The coming entry of China Telecom into our communication infrastructure serves the interest of a covetous neighbor that has wronged us so many times

Blockbuster to lackluster: #TelcoSerye drama leaves people puzzled

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A contest with a single qualifier, an exciting legal drama, and romantic promises. These and a hodgepodge of twists are perfect for a #TelcoSerye.

IN CHARTS: Telco promises of Chavit Singson vs Dennis Uy-China Telecom

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chavit Singson's Sear Telecom intends to spend a whopping P540 billion, and promises 100% national coverage and lightning speeds, should its bid be considered

Fight not over: PT&T, Chavit Singson's Sear appeal 3rd telco bid

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Chavit Singson accuses Dennis Uy's Udenna Corporation and China Telecom of 'misleading' the public

Manny Pangilinan downplays Dennis Uy's 3rd telco

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Tycoon Manny Pangilinan and other PLDT officials say the 3rd major telco player has a lot of catching up to do, particularly in terms of building infrastructure

IN CHARTS: Udenna Corp-China Telecom's promises

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Provisional 3rd telco winner Mislatel promises to blow away Smart and Globe with super fast internet and wide coverage – at a very hefty price

Dennis Uy-China Telco consortium provisionally named 3rd telco | Evening wRap

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:42 PM

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Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium provisionally named 3rd telco

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Their group, called Mislatel Consortium, garners a total of 456.8 points out of 500 under the criteria

Uneven playing field? Disqualified bidders slam 3rd telco rules

Nov 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

PT&T and Sear Telecom both need to pay a non-refundable appeal fee of P10 million, if they choose to file motions for reconsideration on their disqualification

BIDDING FOR THIRD. Members of the selection committee evaluate documents of new 3rd telco player-aspirants. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Only Dennis Uy-China Telecom bid qualified, 2 others incomplete

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The bid documents of the Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium are deemed qualified, while Sear Telecom and PT&T are both disqualified, which the two can still appeal

NOW Telecom loses bid vs contentious 3rd telco provisions | Midday wRap

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:34 PM

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China Telecom, Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp team up for 3rd telco bid

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte previously said he wants a Chinese company to be the 3rd major telecommunications player

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

NOW Telecom loses bid vs contentious 3rd telco provisions

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The Manila Regional Trial Court says NOW Telecom may have caused its own request to become moot since it said it still wants to join the bidding for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot

PT&T calls 3rd telco criteria 'unfair,' files petition vs NTC

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:20 PM

PT&T questions the National Telecommunications Commission's interpretation of 'national-scale' operations, saying it favors foreign companies

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.

Chavit Singson promises cheapest 3rd telco service

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:25 PM

'Kung P100 ang presyo nila (Globe or Smart), kami P5 lang. Dapat nga libre ang Wi-Fi,' says Chavit Singson, president of the LCS Group

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Rappler Talk: Chavit Singson’s bid for the 3rd telco slot

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The Luis Chavit Singson Group and ARMM-based company TierOne Communications join forces to bid for the country's 3rd major telecommunications slot

NOW Corp says 3rd telco criteria 'anti-Filipino'

Oct 29, 2018 - 8:10 PM

NOW Corporation and NOW Telecom want President Rodrigo Duterte to select the country's 3rd major telecommunications player himself and view the undertaking as a public-private partnership

Rappler Talk: NOW Telecom's bid for 3rd telco slot

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:18 AM

Rappler talks to NOW Telecom to discuss why it thinks it can be the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player

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

Mar Roxas, Villar telco, Khashoggi murder | Midday wRap

Oct 24, 2018 - 1:59 PM

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Poe to 3rd telco bidders: Don't delay selection process

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says companies vying to become the 3rd telecommunications player can complain before the courts, but must not be a cause of delay for the selection process