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Calm Down: There’s Still A Chance For A Third Telco In PH


Will we ever see a third telco materialize?

If you haven’t heard, Telstra earlier today announced that their talks with San Miguel Corp. have broken down, dashing the hopes of many of the Australian company entering the PH, at least of the immediate future. Now looking at the uproar that many pinoys over the news, it’s important to keep in mind there’s still a big chance that there will still be a third telco in the PH this year.

San Miguel’s head honcho Ramon S. Ang said earlier this year that they will be launching their own telco service with or without Telstra. We’ve also heard reports from a few network engineer friends that SMC have already put up network infrastructure around Manila, which signifies their willingness to forge ahead with their plans.

Even without Telstra San Miguel will have to forge ahead with their plans for their telco arm, as not establishing a third telco will force them to forfeit the 700MHz spectrum that they’re currently holding on to. That spectrum is coveted by both Globe and Smart, and both telcos have already called for government intervention to distribute it since the spectrum penetrates deeper than other LTE spectrums and have a bigger capacity.

So keep your chin up – that third telco may still show up this year.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. Kahit mas maraming pang telcos kaysa sa populasyon ng tao dito sa Pilipinas kung ang NTC ay palaging natutulog sa pancitan wala ring mangyayari.

  2. Come on….I wouldn’t even consider GLOBE as the second TELCO since wala naman silang infra.
    iisa lang ang TELCO sa Pinas

  3. Even the best Telco in the world enters Philippine market, still the number 1 and the fastest way to send a message is TELLHER. lol. Gets?

    Anyway, kidding aside, we really need another player that will compete directly with Smart and Globe. Pag may 3rd player na, pagandahan na yan ng services. And we, the consumers, are sure winners in this game.

  4. yes it is important for any consumer to have more choices, and maybe its true it should happen this year, for now Globe is trying to make its bulk MB promos better by adding more MB allocation. when a 3rd player comes in it will somehow make us feel the effect and im hoping for better offers.. goodluck Philippine Netizens.. thanks Unbox..

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