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DICT to start pilot tests for national broadband plan next month

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that next month it will start the pilot test of its fiber backbone facility that will be used for the implementation of the national broadband plan.

Companies question draft MC on common tower policy

SEVERAL STAKEHOLDERS raised concern over the proposed memorandum circular (MC) of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on common telecommunications infrastructure, particularly a provision that limited to two the initial number of tower companies allowed to operate.

DICT studying higher fees to force return of underused frequency

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it is studying raising user fees for under-utilized frequency owned by telecommunications companies.

3-4 applicants good enough for ‘third player’ auction — DICT

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it will consider the selection process for the new telecommunications industry entrant, the so-called “third player,” to be successful if it attracts three or four applicants.

DICT eyes berth 4 operations by 2020

DAVAO CITY — Floirendo-owned Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT) is preparing for expansion with the operation of a fourth berth and container yard expansion at its port in Panabo City.

DICT expects to resolve Bayantel 3G dispute by end-Sept.

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said the resolution of a dispute involving the third generation (3G) frequency held by Bayan Telecommunications, Inc. (Bayantel) is moving forward, with a decision now up to the Supreme Court.

Search for third major telco clears major hurdle

THE QUEST for the country’s third major telecommunications service provider advanced on Friday after a government team settled on the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) as basis for competition.

NEA, DICT work to expand broadband access to rural areas

THE National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have started exploring arrangements to bring broadband connectivity into the countryside by tapping the existing infrastructure of the electric cooperatives.

NEA, DICT working together to bring broadband connectivity to rural areas

The National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have started exploring arrangements to bring broadband connectivity into the...

Gov’t hopes to accredit up to two cell tower companies by...

THE government has released an initial set of guidelines for its common tower policy, amid hopes that it can accredit as many as two such companies to build common mobile infrastructure by the first quarter of 2019.

‘Third player’ won’t be burdened by 2G legacy systems — DICT

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that the third entrant into the telecommunications industry will have an advantage over the incumbents because it will not be burdened with legacy systems.

New draft rules propose auction of frequencies for 3rd telco player

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) released on Friday another set of draft guidelines for the selection of the third major player in the telecommunications industry, this time proposing an auction of the frequency spectrums.

DICT releases second draft of selection terms for third telco player

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has issued on Friday, June 29, its draft terms of reference (TOR) for the selection of...

DICT backs assigning frequency to ‘third player,’ not auction

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is pushing for awarding of frequencies to the telecommunications industry’s third entrant to reduce its financial burden, the acting head of the department said.

Now Corp. inks MoU with TransCo for use of fiber assets

NOW CORP. on Thursday announced it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) for the use of the latter’s fiber and microwave assets for the establishment of a nationwide fixed broadband network.

DICT teams up with start-up incubator Impact Hub

THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has partnered with Impact Hub Manila for expanding its program on engaging communities to encourage start-ups.

Tougher rules in store for 3rd major telco

GROUPS looking to vie for the distinction of becoming the Philippines’ third major telecommunications service provider likely face tougher financial and technical requirements, according to departments overseeing the process.

DICT looks to name third telco before yearend

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said the inter-agency committee overseeing the selection of a third telco player will come up with a target timetable for the announcement of the new entrant.

Consultations geared up prior to bidding on 3rd telco player

THE TERMS of reference (ToR) for the bidding on the third major telecommunications player are being finalized as government agencies aim to resolve issues on the additional player.

DICT sees up to P30 billion for national broadband program

By Victor V. Saulon, Sub-Editor THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is looking at a budget of up to P30 billion for the...

3rd telco player to be chosen by end 2018

By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Senior Reporter THE Department of Information and Communications Techonology (DICT) has pushed back its target to select a third player...

DICT sticks to May target in naming third telco player

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it will retain its target of naming a third major telco player by May and...

NOW Telecom franchise gets 25-year extension

NOW Telecom Company, Inc.’s legislative franchise has been extended for another 25 years. The NOW Corporation affiliate said in a disclosure to the stock exchange...

NGCP, DICT reach agreement on use of fiber optics

Privately owned National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said it had reached a "mutual decision" with the Department of Information and Communications Technology...

DICT delays one-year validity for some prepaid ‘load’

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has given telecommunications companies PLDT, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc. six more months to implement a...

DICT gearing up for resistance to frequency redistribution

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it is studying ways to make the allocation of telecommunications spectrum...

DICT targets 250,000 WiFi access points by 2022

THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said it plans to build 250,000 WiFi access points before the end of the term of...

OICs appointed to head DICT, DoH

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed an officer-in-charge (OIC) each to head the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and the Department of...