Miguel R. Camus, reporting for Inquirer;
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is seeking a third telco player that could match or offer better services than PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom.
But even at this early stage, Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. of the DICT acknowledged that there were limitations on the services a new telco challenger could provide, including text messaging.
Rio said there were no more 2G frequencies, which support text messaging, for the government to award to a third player. These are all controlled by PLDT and Globe, the country’s two major telcos that provide fixed-line and mobile services to about 100 million Filipinos.
I doubt that Globe and PLDT/Smart will “share” their frequencies, if ever a 3rd telco player will setup shop in the Philippines, they can only offer voice and data. SMS is still a big part of a mobile user, most notably when the 3G and 4G signal is not available. Also, how can a user recharge or load his mobile service without using SMS? Will the 3rd telco offer postpaid plan only?
Can the Philippine Competition Commission step in the discussion?