3rd telco Mislatel to start accepting subscribers by 2020
MANILA, Philippines — Mislatel Consortium, the third major telecommunications player in the Philippines, can start accepting subscribers by 2020, its spokesman said Monday.
“Yes. That one I can tell you at least with a lot of confidence. But the exact date that one I don’t want to give because I… of course, we only want to give what is accurate,” Mislatel consortium’s spokesperson Adel Tamano told reporters in Malacañang.
On Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte awarded Mislatel its the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) at a ceremony in Malacañang.
Mislatel is expected to break the PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom duopoly and improve the quality of telco services in the country.
Asked how confident Mislatel was in keeping its promise of providing a 5G connection, Tamano said: “We’re very confident.”
“First thing is that what we’re rolling out is the 4G network — but a higher version of 4G. This is 4G VOLTE, or voice over LTE. So this is 4G, high definition voice. Alright, so that’s the first thing,” he said.
“We’re not rolling out 2G. We’re not rolling out 3G. We’re rolling out 4G VOLTE. But it’s ready for 5G,” he added.
Mislatel Consortium, headed by Davao businessman Dennis Uy, is composed of Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. (Mislatel), Udenna Corp., Chelsea Logistics and Infrastructure Holdings Corp., and China Telecom Corp. Ltd.
(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)