The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), together with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), conducted the 2nd Stakeholders’ Consultation on the Entry of a New Major Telecommunications Player (NMTP) on 27 February 2018 at Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Quezon City.
The consultation was highlighted with the presentation of the three options in selecting the NMTP–the (1) initial draft of the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC), (2) the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) inputs, and (3) the Stakeholders’ inputs.
DICT OIC Eliseo M. Rio Jr. discussed the salient points of the JMC, which includes the criteria for award, the conduct of bidding process, and the obligation of the NMTP, among others.
NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba then presented the inputs from the ITU, which recommends the use of parameters such as minimum coverage, minimum average speed, with a performance bond for each year.
Considering the suggestions from the stakeholders, OIC Rio also introduced the Highest Committed Level of Service (HCLoS) formula in determining the NMTP.
The HCLoS formula takes into account the number of services offered, speed in Mbps, and the coverage percentage at cities up to the 6th class municipalities during the implementation of their five-year roll-out plan.
The formula ensures that the NMTP will be efficient in its investment and would implement realistic roll-out plan. By including committed speed, the NMTP will ensure that the coverage would have the capacity to handle the planned subscriber volume while service availability will ensure that it can be at par with the existing major telecommunications players.
The HCLoS formula, along with the inputs from ITU, will be considered in finalizing the JMC.
The final version of the JMC is targeted to be released on 9 April, which will then take effect on 24 April.