TWO members of the House of Representatives welcomed the selection of the 3rd telecommunications player, saying improvement of the mobile internet service is more important than making political issue out of it.
Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza and Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said that the entry of Mislatel as an addition to telephone, mobile internet services, will boost the country’s economy and will give the public more options for their needs.
The Mislatel consortium is a joint venture of businessman Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp. and the People’s Republic of China’s state-run China Telecom.
Uy is reportedly a businessman from Davao and a supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte. In fact, he is one of the top campaign donors of the President in the 2016 elections.
“We welcome the entry of this third telco. We see this as a big step in the right direction in answering our country’s ever-growing telecommunications need. We are not happy with the services of our current telecom companies dominated by Globe and Smart. Our internet speed is one of the slowest in the world. With the introduction of this third player, we are optimistic that services and speeds will drastically improve,” Atienza said.
According to Atienza, “doing business and strengthening our relationship with our economic superpower neighbor China is the right move and will benefit our country.”
“Developing and enhancing economic partnerships is one of the prime objectives of the sister-city agreement between Manila and Beijing, and this is a direct reflection of that intention. This should lead to more economic partnerships with China, which is currently the economic giant of the world. We should work with them, instead of fighting them,” Atienza added.
Atienza also lauded the National Telecommunications Commission-Department of Information and Communications Technology (NTC-DICT) for their transparency in the bid process.
For his part, Campos said the government and public is counting on the newcomer to compete “brutally” with the nation’s two dominant players in delivering faster mobile Internet connection speeds at a lower price.