Following a pivotal stakeholders’ consultation, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will convene the members of the Oversight Committee on Friday, 20 July 2018, to set the selection process of a new major player in the public telecommunications market in motion.

The Oversight Committee, formed by virtue of AO 11, s. 2018, composed of the DICT, the Department of Finance (DoF), the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), and the National Security Adviser (NSA), is set to decide on the formulation of the final Terms of Reference (ToR) for the selection process.

In connection to this, the DICT Acting Secretary issued a statement on his supposed next move should the Oversight Committee still not prefer the Highest Committed Level of Service (HCLoS) on the upcoming meeting.

“Yes, I said that, but when I said it, I didn’t expect it to be publicized,” said Acting Secretary Rio in a statement.

“It was an expression of passion and confidence. It just shows that we are very confident in the viability of the Highest Committed Level of Service (HCLoS) model in choosing a truly competent TelCo, and one that is dedicated to service and not just for profit,” the statement continues.

The HCLoS model is consistent with the Terms of Reference being backed by the DICT as it geared towards allowing the NMP to truly compete with the incumbent telcos.

It can be noted that in the 3rd Stakeholders Consultation last July 6, 11 out of 15 interested companies favored the HCLoS model while only two voted in favor of an auction. Among public stakeholders that were surveyed, the HCLoS was supported by 96% of the participants.

“Regardless, on Friday this will be surely resolved, one way or another,” Rio closed.
Acting Secretary Rio during the signing of the Tripartite Agreement between DICT, NGCP, and TransCo. (DICT file photo)
Acting Secretary Rio during the signing of the Tripartite Agreement between DICT, NGCP, and TransCo. (DICT file photo)

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