PT&T failed to show ‘technical capability’ in bid for third telco, NTC insists

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2018 09:00 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has opened the bid documents for the third telco company on formal bidding programs at the NTC headquarters. November 07, 2018. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Wednesday insisted that PT&T failed to meet the technical capability requirements in the bidding for the third major telco player. 

PT&T earlier claimed that the NTC did not act on their request for a certificate to prove their capacity to serve on a national basis.

But NTC legal counsel Atty. Xandralyn Molina said said they issued a notice on Nov. 5 in response to PT&T's Oct. 18 and other "subsequent" requests, but a representative of the firm refused to accept the document. 

“The NTC issued a notice that PT&T did not meet the technical capability requirement. This is based on the evaluation made by the commission on its performance for the last 10 years,” Molina said.

Molina said the notice was physically brought to PT&T's Makati office the next day, but the NTC courier was refused entry. This prompted the NTC to send the notice to PT&T’s email address, she said.

Dennis Uy’s consortium with China Telecom, Mislatel, emerged as the provisional third telco after PT&T and Chavit Singson-backed Sear Telecom were disqualified due to incomplete documents.