Duterte hints at fast-tracking third Philippine operator into reality by 1Q18

19 Dec 2017

The Philippines’ sometimes controversial president Rodrigo Duterte wants the country’s new third telco to begin operations as soon as Q1 2018, and to that end has ordered the swift approval of its licence application to fast-track its smooth passage to market, Reuters reports. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, last month the Philippines granted China the ‘privilege’ of entering the market to challenge the de facto duopoly of PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom – both of which have long drawn criticism for both the quality and high cost of their respective internet and mobile services. With Beijing having pre-selected China Telecom to invest in the Philippines, Duterte has reportedly issued orders to the relevant agencies and regulatory bodies to ‘ensure the third telecom provider will be up and running by about the first quarter of 2018.’