Category Archives: Telecommunications

Foreign Ownership Limit in Finance, Media, Education to be Increased to 70%

Economic officials plan to liberalize the foreign ownership limit rule in several industries where the move can be done through administrative orders. These include finance, mass media, education, and practice of licensed professionals. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia added that they are backing a bill in Congress that seeks to amend the Public Services Act. The bill, if passed, would allow the opening up of the telecommunications, power, transport, and water sectors to up to 70% foreign… Continue reading


DICT Prepares Executive Order to Expedite Telco’s Cell Site Installations

To address concerns of telco companies regarding the bureaucracy involved in setting up cell sites, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has prepared an executive order that will substantially cut red tape in local government units (LGUs)’ approval of telecommunication firms’ permits.  If approved, the usual eight-month approval would be reduced to seven days. Non-action will be deemed as… Continue reading

Government’s Aim of Third Telco Player Faces Difficulty as $10-Billion Investment Needed

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) wants to lure a third firm into the market. It cancelled plans to auction off unused frequencies and instead said that these would be made available to any company with intent of becoming a serious player. An official of Ericsson Philippines estimates that entering the telco market requires $10 billion to roll out a competitive network, underlying the difficulty of… Continue reading

Government Allots $1.558 Billion for National Broadband Plan

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will be conducting a study on the rollout of a national broadband plan. It plans to use the fiber optic cables of the privatized National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and aims to provide decent Internet speed connection all over the country by 2020. It has set aside a budget of $1.558 billion for the program… Continue reading

List of 12 ARMM Investment Priorities for 2017-19

List of 12 Investment Priorities for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for 2017 to 2019:

  1. Agriculture, agribusiness, aquaculture, and fisheries
  2. Basic industries like production of pharmaceutical products, water supply and treatment, cement production, traditional crafts like boat-building, ice plant and…

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List of 10 Investment Priorities for 2017

The 10 Investment Priorities for 2017:

  1. All qualified manufacturing activities including agro-processing
  2. Agriculture, fishery, and forestry
  3. Strategic services, including telecommunications; integrated circuit design; knowledge-based services and tech start-ups; maintenance, repair, and operation of…

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Duterte Approves National Broadband Plan

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the establishment of a National Government Portal and a National Broadband Plan. No details have been released yet, but the Department of Information and Communication Technology earlier proposed a scaled-down network in areas unreached by large telecommunications providers, aside from wiring government agencies. The agency said installing a broadband plan from scratch… Continue reading