The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) conducted the Invitation for the Submission of Views and Comments for the Entry of the New Major Telco Player on January 24, 2018 at Hotel Rembrandt, Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City.

DICT Officer-in-Charge Eliseo M. Rio Jr. laid down President Duterte’s instructions as well as the Department’s policy guidelines and timeline for the entry of the new major player in the public telecommunication market.

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba then discussed important aspects of the Terms of Reference (TOR)  being developed that requires comments and insights from the participants. The audience was composed of embassy representatives, businessmen, and the media..

Among the topics highlighted were the following: (1) minimum qualifications for the new major player, (2) criteria for selection, (3) obligations and conditions to be imposed (for the winner), (4) mechanisms to ensure compliance with the Terms of Reference, and (5) sanctions and penalties.

During the panel discussion, an immediate concern from the delegates was the short timeline for the private sectors to consolidate their documents in order to have a compelling bid to be the next new major player in the telecommunications industry. Frequency allocation for the new player and fiscal incentives for  telecommunications company were commonly asked during the discussion.

In the tentative timeline, the NTC should issue the Memorandum Circular containing the Terms of Reference (ToR) for the selection process by February 19, 2018. The timeline, however, is subject to change due to the clamor to give the private sector more time in preparing their documents and developing business plan.

In the mean time, the Department asks concerned individuals or groups to put into writing their views or comments on the topic.

You may e-mail the DICT at newmajorplayer@dict.gov.ph, or submit your letter addressed to Atty. John Henry D. Naga, Assistant Secretary for Administration, at DICT Building, C.P. Garcia Ave., Diliman, Quezon City on or before January 31, 2018 in this format:

Docket Ref: 2018-0001
Subject: Selection of New Major Player
Sender*: Full name, position, company, address, industry
Form: e-mailed: attach file in PDF and Word Format

Mailed: paper size A4

* Submissions shall form part of the public records in relation to the subject matter. Personal information is requested for record keeping purposes.  Sender consents to the collection of required sensitive / personal information. Do not enclose any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.