On Monday, the President himself awarded a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to Mislatel, the consortium of owned by Dennis Uy, a Chinese-Filipino businessman based in Davao City. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) officials also graced the awarding ceremony at the Malacañang palace.

President Rodrigo Duterte has permitted the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. (Mislatel) to operate as the Philippines’ third major telecommunications player.

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Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity awarded to Mislatel (Image source: abs-cbn.com) 

The consortium comprised of Uy’s Udenna Corporation as well as the Chelsea Logistics, with China Telecom as its foreign partner. 

The NTS has confirmed that Mislatel settled up the P25.7-billion worth of performance band and the P10 billion required capital. 

Uy said, “This is more than a compliance certification. It is a clear signal that we are fully committed to providing world-class telecommunications in the country.” 

“This issuance will fast-track our project rollouts as we plan to start commercial operations by 2020,” he added.

By the end of 2019, Mislatel will conduct a pilot user program in order to test its network. It will only provide 4G services and will not include 2G or 3G systems.

What to expect from Mislatel’s services

Mislatel pledged to offer an average internet speed of 27 megabits per second (Mbps) in its first year of operations. Then, they committed to double the speed to 55 Mbps in the next two to five years.

Aside from the faster Internet speed, Mislatel also promised to provide 37% nationwide coverage during its first year up, then up to 84% in its fifth year. 

Meanwhile, Duterte told the telcom to live up to its promises to Filipinos. He also challenged it to break the existing duopoly in  the telecommunications industry.

“Break the prevailing duopoly in the telecommunications industry and fulfill your commitment to provide better telco services,” the president said in his speech

Duterte also pointed out the advantages of faster Internet connection

He said, “Let us take this entry of a 3rd telco player as a breath of fresh air in a rapidly evolving information age where no one should be left behind in our pursuit of an inclusive and sustainable progress for all Filipinos.”

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