Traders in Negros Oriental are throwing their full support behind the move of the Department of Information and Communications Technology to allow new players in the telco industry.
According to the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry, it will help government find solutions to the excruciatingly slow internet connection and the “duopoly” being enjoyed by Globe and PLDT.
“NOCCI has been trying to invite foreign telco players these past few years to break the duopoly of PLDT and Globe Telecoms but due to strong regulatory barriers, corruption, and government red-tape in securing congressional telco franchises, National Telecommunications Commission licenses, local government permits, and peace and order concerns, NOCCI’s dream of attracting a third telco player has remained elusive,” said president Edward Du).
Du cited DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima for announcing moves to allow competition during the recent Telecoms Summit last March 9 to 10.
He added the NOCCI is confident that it will now be easier to invite and attract a third player to break the duopoly of PLDT and Globe.
The NOCCI said it began receiving inquiries from foreign telcos on how to secure a congressional telco franchise as well as the necessary licenses, permits and clearances.
Once another player enters the telco industry, NOCCI said it believes “the era of slow and expensive Internet service will soon be over” and that “business competitiveness and economic opportunities will be greatly enhanced with faster and affordable internet.