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President Duterte appoints OICs for DOH and DICT

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed officers-in-charge for the Department of Health and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the memoranda designating Undersecretary Eliseo Mijares Rio as OIC of DICT after the resignation of former Secretary Rodolfo Salalima.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle is appointed OIC for the Department of Health after the rejection of the ad interim appointment of former Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial by the Commission of Appointments. – UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte wants 3rd telco named by October or November

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte gave another ultimatum on the selection of the third telecommunication player in the country.

During his tête-à-tête in Malacañang with chief presidential legal counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo on Tuesday, the Chief Executive warned that no provider is chosen by October or November; he will choose the third telco player himself.

“Early November, ‘pag wala pa, I’ll take over, ilagay ko yan sa Office of the President and I will invite all dito negosyante and I will decide in front of them kung sino. Dito give me your position papers, give me about 30 minutes and tell them and I will decide, yun na at ibigay na ang linya” Duterte said.

Reports say that the Department of Information and Communications Technology is targeting to select the third telco in December this year. — Rosalie Coz

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India interested in becoming 3rd telco player – Pres. Duterte

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for a photo with the newly-inducted Board of Directors of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (Phil.), Inc. at the Malacañan Palace on February 20, 2018. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has set the deadline for identifying the third telecommunications industry that will end the duopoly of two giant telecommunications in the country to March.

The president himself invited Indian businessmen to invest in the Philippines as the third telecommunication industry when he went to India last month to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Commemorative Summit.

“India is also interested to enter into the telecom industry and we are considering,” said the president.

Department of Communications and Information Technology (DICT) officer-in-charge Undersecretary Eliseo Rio said that India has not yet submitted its offer on this.

However, the official said that it is better to have many options for the third telco player.

“The more, the better. It would be good for us. Yung selection process must be effective enough so that yung pinakamahusay dito sa mag-offer or who wants to be contenders, ma-select natin yung pinakamahusay,” said Rio.

(The more, the better. It would be good for us. The selection process must be effective enough so that we can select the best among the contenders.)

The DICT has issued an initial draft of the joint memorandum circular for the selection process of the new telco player.

The selection team is composed of Department of Finance (DOF), DICT, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and National Security Council (NSC). — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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New telco player to offer faster internet despite limited frequency

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 21st, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – There is only 20% of frequency left that the incoming third telecommunications provider can use in the country.

There are fears that the new telco player may not be able to easily give good service because a large portion of the frequency is already being used by the 2 giant telcos.

But according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the new telco player can offer faster internet service because it will use a fixed line internet connection

This is a connection that does not depend on cell sites but thru cables and wires

One example of a fixed line internet is the connection installed by DICT along EDSA in all MRT stations

This is faster compared to the internet coming from cell sites.

The UNTV News team tried to connect to and tested the speed of a fixed line internet near the MRT station.

The test showed searches done with 36 Mbps or megabits per second speed, which is quite fast.

The DICT said this is the kind of internet service that the third telco player will offer to the Filipinos.

The new telco player will focus on internet users in houses and offices who use fixed line connection while internet users relying on cell sites will remain with the two giant telecom companies

With this, internet traffic will be decongested, and internet coming from cell sites, as well as from fixed lines, will be faster.

“So ito yung pwede natin dalhin sa mga individual houses… dahil marami ang mag subscribe nito bababa ang presyo,” DICT Sec. Eliseo Rio Jr. said.

(So this is what we can offer to individual houses…and because there will be many subscribers, prices will go down.)

Currently all internet users rely on cell sites

The DICT said the ideal number of internet users per cell site is 1,000.

But because the country is 67,000 short of cell sites, more than 1,000 users share one cell site.

“Kulang na kulang tayo (we are really lacking) because right now 20,000 and yung subscriber natin ay marami umaabot ng (our subscribers reach up to) 5,000 per cell site tayo ngayon (at present),” Rio said.

And with the telecommuting bill that Senator Joel Villanueva is now pushing to get approved in the Senate, having a faster internet connection is a must and a primary necessity.

The telecommuting bill is seen to help decongest heavy traffic in Metro Manila by allowing all internet related work and school lessons to be done at home.  – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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