DICT: Mislatel laying down infrastructure, to accept subscribers before yearend

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 11) — The third major telco will take on subscribers by the end of the year in a bid to improve internet service, a Cabinet official said Tuesday.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Information and Communications Technology Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio said Mislatel has begun laying down iinfrastructure, including towers and fiber optics.

Rio said the National Telecommunications Commission will grant Mislatel a permit to operate on July 8.

"Even before July 8, over one month ago, naglalatag na sila ng infrastructure. Naggagawa na sila ng towers nila, naglalatag na sila ng fiber optics, so on track ho sila, ...Before the end of the year ay makapagkuha na sila ng subscribers nila lalo na sa Metro Manila, Davao, Cebu, dahil dito sila unang naglatag ng imprastruktura," Rio said.

[Translation: Even before July 8, over one month ago, they began building infrastructure. They're building towers, laying down fiber optics, so they are on track... Before the end of the year, they can get subscribers in Metro Manila, Davao, Cebu, because these are the places where they are building infrastructure.]

The government decided in November 2018 to name the Mislatel Consortium as the provisional new major player.

The group is composed of Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy's Udenna Corporation and its unit, Chelsea Logistics Holdings, which partnered with Chinese government-owned China Telecommunications, and the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Corporation, Inc. (Mislatel). Congress has granted Mislatel a 25-year franchise to operate back in 1998.

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