Anti-red tape body directs NTC to act on NOW Telecom frequency assignment

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) — The Anti-Red Tape Authority has directed the National Telecommunications Commission to comply with its order on NOW Telecom’s application for a radio frequency assignment.

ARTA’s order of automatic approval, issued March 1, recalled how the telecommunications network submitted documents last November to prove the Commission failed to approve / disapprove its application for assignment of concomitant frequencies for the exercise of its cellular mobile telephone service provisional authority (CMTS PA) since January 2006 along with the issuance of the PA and its extension.

This is despite NOW Telecom having submitted all required documents and paid all required fees and charges, read the order.

Citing Sec. 10 of Republic Act No. 11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business” Act, the anti-red tape body stated the company’s application is “declared complete, and is now deemed automatically approved by operation law.”

ARTA likewise directed the Commission to immediately comply with the order and submit proof of compliance within three days of receipt.

“Should the Honorable Commissioner fail to comply despite due notice, the complaint shall be referred to the Investigation, Enforcement and Litigation Office of the Anti-Red Tape Authority for further investigation,” read the order.

CNN Philippines has reached out to the NTC for comment.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, the telco’s parent company NOW Corporation welcomed what it called a “favorable” ruling from ARTA.

“This resolution further bolsters our claim that NOW Telecom is among the four telecom companies with a CMTS license,” said Engr. Rene L. Rosales, the telecommunications network’s president and chief operating officer.