by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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
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
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
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to immediately approve the entry of a new player in the country’s telecommunications industry.
According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the President wants to ensure the approval of the application of a new telecommunications company in China in the first quarter of 2018.
“The NTC and DICT were tasked to approved all applications and licenses within 7 days only upon complete submission of requirements and that if it is not approved within 7 days, it is deem approved,” said Roque.
Despite this, Malacañang assured that the entry of the Chinese telecommunication giant in the Philippine market will be in accordance with existing laws.
The Palace said that the process of approving the said company will comply with the Philippines’ policy on foreign ownership and the existing regulations of the NCC.
“I was assured by the OIC of the DICT that they will be absolutely transparent in the bidding process, the public will know whats happening,” said the presidential spokesperson.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar initially stated that the Chinese government has chosen the China Telecom to invest in the Philippines.
The decision of the President to allow the entry of another telco in the Philippine market comes amid the public dismay over the slow internet connection in the country. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
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