Mislatel consortium is officially the country’s New Major Player in the public telecommunications market after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) En Banc issued its Confirmation Order on 19 November 2018.
The Mislatel consortium, comprised of Udenna Corporation, Chelsea Holdings, and China Telecom, passed the Document Verification Phase conducted by the NMP Selection Committee that merited them for the final confirmation from the NTC En Banc.
Out of the three aspirants, Mislatel was the lone qualified bidder that passed the evaluation procedures en route to being declared as the provisional NMP title on 7 November. The Motion for Reconsideration of the two disqualified bidders, Sear Telecom and PT&T, were both denied by the Selection Committee.
“As we reached the end of the tunnel of this NMP search, the ball is now on Mislatel’s court to deliver on their promise,” said Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr.
In its Highest Committed Level of Service (HCLoS) bid, Mislatel vows to deliver 27 Mbps of minimum average broadband speed on its first year before zooming to 55 Mbps in the next four years. The NMP has also devoted to service 84.01% of the population before the end of its five-year commitment period.
NTC can forfeit the NMP’s performance security of around 25 billion pesos and recall the awarded frequencies should it found a breach in any of its commitments.
With this, Rio expects the NMP to tap existing small players to meet their own promises.
“One of the best ways Mislatel can comply with its commitments is to use all existing facilities and services of the other small players,” said Rio. “The NMP will spur business for small telcos and last mile links like CATV operators.”
The NMP has 90 days to submit required documents stated in the NTC MC 09-09-2018, including its roll-out plan for the entire commitment period, for the processing of its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN).