The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) may conduct the bidding for the new major player in the telco industry as early as October this year.
The department is committed to comply with its target to select the third telco player by yearend.
DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said some companies that have expressed to participate in the selection process have expressed their preference that the bidding must be held in October.
“Some of those who participated are asking for 6 months for the bidding to start. Others prefer that the bidding to start in October are the ones who did their homework before and they conducted their due diligence,” Rio said in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of its public hearing on the draft terms of reference on the entry of the third telco player held Thursday in Quezon City.
"We will assess if there are enough participants and the quality of telcos that may qualify. If there is someone that has the capability to compete with Globe and Smart why not go ahead? Why do we have to delay just to wait for others that maybe offering also good services? Those that did their homework and expressed their interest first are more serious than those who came lately,” he said in a mixture of English and Tagalog.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has set a timeline on the bidding process to start one to two months within publication of the final memorandum circular on the new major telco player.
Rio likewise said that the DICT will be adopting the inputs of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) on the guidelines in order to hasten the selection process for the third telco player.