Multi-Line Communication secures NTC approval for new broadband, WiLL service

10 Apr 2012

Filipino would-be telecoms operator Multi-Line Communication Inc, formerly Multi-line Construction International Corp, has secured approval from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to enter the country’s broadband and wireless services market, Malaya Business Insight reports. In a 13-page ruling, the NTC confirmed that Multi-Line’s application has been given the thumbs up, allowing it to install, operate, and maintain broadband and wireless in the local loop (WiLL) services for 18 months or until September 2013. It is hoped that the newcomer will launch in the country sometime ‘soon’, further boosting competition in the telecom sector. The order reads that the applicant has been found ‘to be legally, financially and technically qualified … [and] is hereby granted a provisional authority to install, operate and maintain [a] data leased channel circuit network in the provinces of Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, Laguna, Rizal, Pampanga, the National Capital Region and Regions VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII.’ It is understood Multi-Line is looking to offer WiLL telephony and broadband wireless access (BWA) services and has earmarked PHP183.4 million (USD4.3 million) in CAPEX for the first five years of operation. It hopes to generate revenues of PHP2 billion in that period, with annual returns forecast to rise from PHP36.1 million in year one, to PHP798.2 million in year five.