14 March 2019 – New Major Player Mislatel consortium is pushing forward in setting up their telecommunications operations in the country while awaiting the issuance of its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) and allocated frequencies, according to Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr.

Rio said Mislatel is moving to operate as early as possible by sealing partnerships and building up their network infrastructures while waiting for the finality of Congress resolution involving the franchise’s transfer of ownership.

“Even now, they are already rolling out. They are already laying the groundwork for their operations. What they just cannot do is propagate and get subscribers,” Rio said on Thursday.

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), DICT’s attached agency mandated to award the CPCN, has yet to receive a reply from the House of Representatives regarding their declaration of concurrence to Senate’s minor amendments of the resolution. 

“Since we are in the executive and they are in the legislative, we could not assume that they (House of Representatives) agree with the Senate amendments so we need to get a formal approval,” Rio stressed. 

The acting DICT chief added that should Mislatel secure Congress approval, the process of posting their performance bond in exchange of the CPCN and frequencies will proceed since all other post-qualification requirements were already submitted by the NMP.