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Palace: 3rd telco a must

The government is determined to facilitate the entry of a third major telecommunications company that can ably compete with two existing players despite facing delays.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said they are counting on Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) officer-in-charge Eliseo Rio to exhaust efforts to attract a third major player in the country.

“Naiintindihan ko iyong hirap ng trabaho ni Acting Secretary Rio. And we, of course, trust in him at alam naman niya iyong kaniyang ginagawa,” Andanar said in a recent radio interview.

“Basta ang mahalaga po dito ay pumayag na ho si Presidente na mayroong third telco, at minamadali niya ito. At ang atin namang DICT ay ginagawa ang lahat ng kaniyang magagawa para maka-invite ng isang kumpaniya na talagang kayang magtayo at lumaban doon sa dalawa pang telco,” he added.

Andanar said the government understands the need of the people to have better phone and internet services at competitive rates. “The only way for our country really to also compete with other countries is to have a very efficient telecommunication service,” he added.

The President earlier pushed for the entry of a third telco carrier in the country by March or April.

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Written by Tempo Online

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