Derecho Telecommunications secures 25-year operating franchise

20 May 2022

Outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a 25-year operating franchise for Philippines-registered Derecho Telecommunications. Provided under Republic Act 11759, Derecho Telecommunications or ‘its successors or assignees’ has been granted a franchise to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain, for commercial purposes and in the public interest, wired and wireless telecommunications systems in the Philippines. The franchise includes rights to operate copper wire, fibre-optic, satellite systems as well as ‘switches and all other telecommunication system or information and communication technologies available or will be made available through technological advances or innovations in the future’. Derecho is mandated to offer telecommunications services including VAS and internet access.

Philippines, Derecho Telecommunications