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More firms interested as 3rd telco

Two telecommunications companies from Japan and Taiwan are also interested in becoming the country’s third telecoms service provider, the Department of Communications and Information Technology said.

DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio said over Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar’s program in Radyo Pilipinas that Japan’s second biggest telecommunications company KDDI Corp. is eager to become the country’s third telecoms provider.

Rio also said that a Taiwanese telecommunications company is also interested but did not disclose its name due to non-disclosure.

KDDI and the Taiwanese company join South Korean multinational conglomerate LG Corp. and China as interested in becoming the country’s third telecommunications service provider.

“Ang interesado sa pag-invest sa atin din is iyong No. 2 nila, iyong KDDI, the second biggest telecommunication company. And well of course kailangan maghanap sila ng Filipino partner,” Rio said.

“They are very much interested and in fact they are seeking help with the department to find, or to partner with a Filipino telco,” he added, noting that Japan’s largest telecommunications company, NTT, has already partnered with PLDT.

Rio said KDDI may also partner with the third telecommunications company which will be formed.

“Ang KDDI ay siguro iyon na ho ang pang fourth, na puwedeng pang fourth or puwede hong mag-partner sa isang nabuo na,” he said. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)