Japanese firm interested to be part of PHL’s 3rd telco player

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Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI Corporation is also interested to join the bidding to become the third telecommunications industry player in the Philippines, joining Globe and PLDT.

“Last week po ay bumisita si Minister Seiko Noda ng Internal Affairs and Communication sa Ministry ng Japan. At isa ito sa mga napag-usapan. At tinanong ko nga si [DICT] Acting Secretary Rio about the interest of Japan na sumali sa bidding bilang third player,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar told Junry Hidalgo And Neil Badion over radio DZMM on January 14.

“KDDI, iyan po iyong interesado na pumasok sa bidding at mayroon pang isa pa na interesado na Taiwanese firm pero hindi po binanggit sa atin ni Secretary Rio kung ano po iyon,” Secretary Andanar added.

“What is important really is iyong bukod doon sa bibilis iyong speed ng internet at mababawasan o mawawala kaagad talaga iyong garble ay iyong additional funding or investment dito nga ho para sa bansa natin,” he said.


Andanar said that according to DICT, the third telco player will have to invest 300 to 400 billion pesos for the next five years.

“At iyong timeline nito Junry at Neil ay first quarter of this year. So binanggit po sa atin na kailangan by Feb. 19 ay nakapagpasa na sila ng kanilang terms of reference o tapos after that—after one month mga end of March ay makapagbigay na iyong mga interesadong parties ng kanilang interest na sumali sa bidding,” he said.

With this, foreign companies interested to enter the country’s telecommunications industry are China’s China Telecom, South Korea’s LG Uplus Corp., Japan’s KDDI, and a Taiwanese company. These foreign companies will partner with a Filipino entity to be able to vie as country’s third telco player.

Source: https://pcoo.gov.ph/media_interview/interview-presidential-communications-operations-office-secretary-martin-andanar-junry-hidalgo-neil-badion-radyo-patrol-balita-dzmm/