With the third telecommunications player Mislatel Consortium set to enter into the Philippine scene soon, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Tuesday assured the public that its services will be secure for Filipino subscribers.
In a statement, DICT acting secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said that the DICT is in charge of handling security and stressed that the national security will not be compromised even with state-owned China Telecommunications as consortium member.
“We already answered during the hearings in Congress how we will solve security issues, not only on Mislatel, but with Globe and Smart as well,” said Rio.
“We already have a Cybersecurity Intelligence Platform to monitor Mislatel, Globe and Smart, since the last two are also using Chinese products,” he added, noting that PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. use Huawei Technologies as their infrastructure backbone provider.
To recall, Mislatel was officially declared as the “New Major Player” by the NTC on November 19, 2018, after it committed a nationwide coverage of 84.01 percent — a minimum speed of 55 megabits per second (Mbps), and capital and operating expenditures of P27 billion in its fifth year of operations.
The consortium is made up of Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp., its subsidiary Chelsea Logistics Holdings Inc., China Telecommunications Corp., and Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company Inc.
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