Davao businessman Dennis Uy's consortium with state-owned China Telecom emerged as the lone qualified bidder for the country's third telco player.
Palace: Duterte, Uy 'closeness' had nothing to do with third telco bid
Patricia Lourdes Viray (Philstar.com) - November 8, 2018 - 5:14pm

MANILA, Philippines — The assumption that Davao businessman Dennis Uy's relationship with President Rodrigo Duterte affected the process of the bidding for the country's third major telco player is baseless, Malacañang said Thursday.

Mislatel Consortium, a joint venture between Uy's Udenna Corporation and state-owned China Telecommunications Corporation, was the only firm allowed to bid for the third telco slot.

Sear Telecom and Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Corporation were disqualified for incomplete requirements but will appeal with the National Telecommunications Commission.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte does not interfere with his departments, including committees of departments under the executive branch.

"So the President has nothing to do with any of those bidding, any of those negotiations or contracts. That’s the policy of the President and it holds until the end of his term," Panelo told reporters Thursday.

Asked about the relationship between the president and the Davao businessman, Panelo said he is not sure whether the two are close friends or not.

During the media briefing, radio dzRH correspondent Henry Uri pointed out that Uy contributed to Duterte's presidential campaign in 2016 but Panelo insisted that "it doesn't make you close to the president if you support the president."

"I think it’s a baseless assumption because given the character of this president, it’s farfetched. As we all know, relationship, alliances, friendship do not matter with this president," Panelo added.

The consortium of Uy and China Telecom emerged as the lone qualified bidder among the initial 10 groups aspiring to earn the country's third major telco spot.

“The consortium is confident that Udenna Corp.’s extensive supply chain and knowledge of local industries will complement the world-class technology and telecommunications expertise of China Telecommunications Corp., one of the world’s largest and most experienced fixed and mobile network operators. Meanwhile, Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp.’s expertise in logistics and distribution will enable the speedy development of the network,” Mislatel consortium said in a statement.

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: July 8, 2019 - 8:14pm

PLDT Inc. informed the government about the divestment of some of its radio frequencies, which will be available to the country’s upcoming third telecommunications player.

In a letter to the National Telecommunications Commission dated March 5, PLDT President and CEO Manuel Pangilinan officially communicated to the government that it will surrender 10 Mhz of 3G radio frequency held by CURE for no compensation. — Ian Nicolas Cigaral

July 8, 2019 - 8:12pm

The Philippine government awards the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Mislatel consortium, officially greenlighting its operation as the third telco provider in the country.

President Rodrigo Duterte graced the awarding ceremony at Malacañan Palace which was led by the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission.

The winning consortium of the third telco bid, comprised of Mislatel, Udenna Corporation, China Telecom and Chelsea Logistics, promised to offer 55 mbps of internet speed that covers 84.01% of the population in five years.

January 24, 2019 - 10:20am

Udenna Corp.'s Dennis Uy is attending the Senate hearing on issues surrounding third telco player in the Philippines.

Also at the hearing National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, News5's Meanne Los Baños reports.

November 19, 2018 - 5:15pm

The National Telecommunications Commission has issued an order confirming Mislatel—the consortium of Dennis Uy-led Udenna Corp, Chelsea Logistics Holdings and China Telecommunications Corp.—as the third telco player in the Philippines, ONE News' Bimbo Santos reports.

The order comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to arrive in the Philippines for a state visit.

November 13, 2018 - 11:14am

The NTC selection committee denies PT&T’s motion for reconsideration appealing the result of the third telco selection process.

On Monday, the committee also junked Sear Telecom's appeal seeking to declare Mislatel Consortium guilty of misrepresentation of facts and concealing material evidence in the bidding.

It added that the denial was a "rushed resolution."


July 20, 2018 - 4:04pm

Department of Information and Communications Technology Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. says an oversight body has agreed to choose the new major service provider based on “highest committed level of service,” resolving an impasse that has delayed the entry of a new player that will break a longstanding duopoly in the country’s telecommunications market.

Malacañang initially said the new telecom carrier will be named within the first quarter of 2018. But this target has been missed as the DICT and Department of Finance spar over which selection mode should be used.

The DICT wants the company with the highest committed level of service to be chosen as the third telco carrier. On the other hand, the DOF prefers to hold an auction for the frequencies, with a floor price of over P6 billion from the previously reported P36.58 billion.

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