DICT: Frequency auction will strengthen PLDT-Globe duopoly

The unpopular frequency auction favored by the Department of Finance (DOF) will ultimately benefit PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom, according to acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). This is the latest in an ongoing row between the DICT and DOF, whose disagreements that were once confined to closed-door meetings have spilled into public view in recent weeks. At stake are the final form of the terms of reference -- a key set of rules and parameters the government will use in selecting a third telco player that President Rodrigo Duterte said would break the PLDT and Globe duopoly. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Rio s...

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