China Tele­com-led Mis­la­tel de­clared as 3rd telco

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

MIS­LA­TEL Con­sor­tium, a part­ner­ship be­tween China Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Cor­po­ra­tion and Davao busi­ness­man Den­nis Uy’s Chelsea Lo­gis­tics Hold­ings Cor­po­ra­tion, was de­clared the pro­vi­sional New Ma­jor Player (NMP) in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try within three cal­en­dar days.

The De­part­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT) said Mis­la­tel will be sub­jected to the Doc­u­ment Ver­i­fi­ca­tion Phase.

Act­ing In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy Sec­re­tary Eliseo Rio Jr. said two other bid­ders, which are set to file a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion within three days, may still win over Mis­la­tel de­pend­ing on the com­mit­ments that they would of­fer.

Their bids would be re­assessed if their re­spec­tive mo­tions for re­con­sid­er­a­tion were granted.

But Rio also said Mis­la­tel can chal­lenge the pos­si­ble changes on the se­lec­tion of the pro­vi­sional third ma­jor player in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket.

“We have a pro­vi­sional player now. Well, we have to wait for that kung ano ang mangya­yari kasi pro­vi­sional na­man (what will hap­pen next since it is just pro­vi­sional),” he said.

“If one of the mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­toon will be granted, then bubuk­san yung kani­lang bids (their bis will be re-opened). And if turns out na mas bet­ter yung com­mit­ment nila kaysa sa Udenna, then yun, it will be [re­plac­ing Mis­la­tel]. But of course udenna can com­plain [if there will be changes on the de­ci­sion],” Rio added.

Sears Tele­coms-tier1 Con­sor­tium and the Philip­pine Tele­graph and Tele­phone Cor­po­ra­tion (PT&T) were dis­qual­i­fied dur­ing the pre­lim­i­nary eval­u­a­tion of se­lec­tion doc­u­ments on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7.

Sears-tier1, which in­cludes the LCS Group of Com­pa­nies of Ilo­cos busi­ness­man and politi­cian Luis “Chavit” Sing­son, was dis­qual­i­fied for fail­ure to sub­mit the P700-mil­lion par­tic­i­pa­tion se­cu­rity.

On the other hand, PT&T was dis­qual­i­fied for fail­ing to sub­mit a Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of Tech­ni­cal Ca­pa­bil­ity from the NTC, which re­quires bid­ders to have 10 years ex­pe­ri­ence as telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider on a na­tional scale.

Mis­la­tel was the only bid­der that un­der­went de­tailed eval­u­a­tion on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7, at the NTC. At the end of the day, the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee de­clared it as the pro­vi­sional new ma­jor player (NMP).

The com­mit­tee said Mis­la­tel was able to earn the fi­nal bid rat­ing of 456.80 points.

The group vowed to pro­vide a min­i­mum in­ter­net speed of 5 mbps (megabits per sec­ond) and max­i­mum of 55 mbps in the next five years.

In a state­ment, Mis­la­tel it was grate­ful for hav­ing been cho­sen.

“While the con­sor­tium awaits the NMP con­fir­ma­tion from the NTC Se­lec­tion Com­mit­tee, it is no less grate­ful to the NTC for care­fully re­view­ing all the en­tries and pre­sent­ing a his­toric op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide the best telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices that Filipinos have been as­pir­ing for,” it said.

The DICT chief said Mis­la­tel’s se­lec­tion is good for the coun­try.

“The pur­pose of se­lect­ing a third player is to come up with a vi­able com­peti­tor to Globe and Smart.” he said.

“The rea­son why Globe and Smart are sur­viv­ing right now is be­cause of their for­eign part­ners. The for­eign part­ner is re­ally very im­por­tant for a telco to op­er­ate in the Philip­pines,” he added.

Rio said the re­jec­tion of the two telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion com­pa­nies’ bids was not the gov­ern­ment’s fault.

“It’s not the gov­ern­ment’s fault that only a lone con­tender was left. They sat­is­fied the re­quire­ments, that’s why they passed the process. The losers will call the process ev­ery­thing, but I think it is still valid and suc­cess­ful,” Rio said.

Un­der the guide­lines for the se­lec­tion process, the two other bid­ders have three cal­en­dar days within which to file a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of both groups have sig­ni­fied their in­ten­tion to file such mo­tion.

The third ma­jor telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions player was se­lected nearly two months af­ter Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte in­sisted that the new player should be picked by late Oc­to­ber or early Novem­ber.

Duterte has wanted a new telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions player to break the duopoly of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions gi­ants Philip­pine Long Dis­tance Tele­phone Com­pany (PLDT) and Globe Tele­com In­cor­po­rated.

To re­call, Duterte of­fered China in Novem­ber 2017 to en­ter the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor and chal­lenge the dom­i­nance of PLDT and Globe.

On April 6, Duterte signed Ad­min­is­tra­tive Or­der 11, cre­at­ing an over­sight com­mit­tee that would en­sure that the se­lec­tion of the new telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions player will be done in an “in­te­grated and trans­par­ent man­ner.”

The over­sight com­mit­tee an­nounced on July 20 that the new ma­jor player would be se­lected us­ing the High­est Com­mit­ted Level of Ser­vices (HCLOS) se­lec­tion model.

Cri­te­ria pro­vided un­der the HCLOS for­mula in­cluded na­tional pop­u­la­tion cov­er­age, min­i­mum av­er­age broad­band speed, and cap­i­tal and op­er­a­tional ex­pen­di­tures./ Sun­star Philip­pines

THE Tech­ni­cal Work­ing Group eval­u­ates the se­lec­tion doc­u­ments of three bid­ders for the new ma­jor player in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7, 2018. DICT

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