Schutzengel Telecom submits application for 3G licence

22 Jan 2010

Market newcomer Schutzengel Telecom Inc has submitted an application to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in the Philippines, requesting provisional authority to build, install, operate and maintain a national 3G mobile network. Business Mirror says the firm, which is possibly affiliated with the Iglesia ni Cristo religious group, has requested that the NTC award it with the requisite frequencies and grant it authority to import the necessary equipment. In its application the would-be start-up said: ‘Schutzengel Telecom is fully aware and cognisant of the vital need to provide the general public with an adequate, efficient and cost effective means of mobile communications. [The company] is open and amenable to operate within any of the frequency bandwidth which is presently available or may be made available for the 3G standard.’

The NTC is looking to award the country’s fifth and final 3G operating licence through a ‘beauty contest’ style process. Schutzengel Telecom claims it is ‘legally, technically and financially capable to put up a 3G network’, adding that it ‘possesses the requisite financial resources and capability to render the proposed service which shall be sourced from a combination of internally generated funds, supplier’s credit, loans and other forms of financing, and should it be necessary, from equity infusion.’