Duterte threatens PLDT-Smart, Globe with third telco player

Duterte welcomes third telco player.2 min


79
79 shares, 79 points
duterte warns pldt smart globe

Manila, Philippines — President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte threatened to welcome Chinese competitors to the local telecommunications industry if the country’s telecommunications and Internet Service Provider (ISP) duopoly — PLDT-Smart Communications of Manuel V. Pangilinan and Globe Telecom of the Ayala Group — fails to improve its savage services.

In a speech in Davao City, Honorable Rodigo Duterte said he shared the frustration of millions of mobile phone subscribers in the archipelago, who complain of poor telecommunication service and slow internet speeds.

President Duterte added that oftentimes he would “wait until the next day before I get a reply” to his short messaging service (SMS).

“I’m just suffering all of this but if you cannot do it right, you wait, I’m going to China and I’ll open everything for competition,” said President Rodrigo Duterte. The Philippine President is set to visit China on October 18th and will stay there until 21st.

Secretary of Presidential Communications Operations Martin Andanar said that PLDT and its mobile subsidiary Smart Communications, and Globe Telecom should take seriously the President Duterte’s warning because “he talks like that only when he is really frustrated.”

Earlier this year, specifically in May, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) canceled its pending plan to build a third telco player in the country to break the telecommunication duopoly when it sold its cellular sites and a 700-Megahertz spectrum to both PLDT-Smart and Globe.

The Philippine Competition Commission is looking to investigate the deal but it was blocked by the Court of Appeals.

Andanar said that the Administration would wait how the PLDT-Smart and Globe would deploy SMC assets to improve their respective mobile and internet services.

But if the aforementioned firms fail to address the issues on their services, Andanar said the Department of Information and Communications Technology can then put up a state-owned telecommunications firm to compete against the PLDT-Smart and Globe, and build cellular sites in areas that are not currently served.

“We want to have a vibrant competition and end the two-player competition which is why it is called a duopoly,” said Andanar. They can also welcome a third player to increase the competition. — TheVader.com


Like it? Share with your friends!

79
79 shares, 79 points
thedistriq

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format