Mislatel-Led Consortium Wins Provisional Telco Bid
NTC Selection Committee declared Mislatel-led consortium as the provisional (existing and might be changed later) New Major Player (NMP) last Thursday, November 7. The consortium was comprised of Mindanao Islamic Telephone Inc. (Mislatel), Udenna Corporation, Chelsea Logistics Holdings, and China Telecom. The collaboration was the only one declared as a qualified participant by the NMP Selection Committee out of the three submitted bids en route to winning the provisional NMP title.
Mislatel posted 456.80 points in its Highest Committed Level of Service (HCLOS) bid, computed based on its submitted 5-year commitment on National Population Coverage, Minimum Average Broadband Speed, and Capital and Operational Expenditure. Mislatel will now need to pass the Document Verification Phase within three calendar days before being confirmed as the NMP.
Two other bidders in PT&T Corp. and Sear Telecom-led consortium, formed with LCS Group, Fujian Torch, Miller LTE, and SEA Telecom, were disqualified after the preliminary evaluation of the First Submission Package due to lack of documents. PT&T’s documents were found incomplete after failing to submit a Certification of Technical Capability while Sear Telecom consortium lacked the paper for participation security. Due to these turn of events, only Mislatel passed the evaluation stages done by the NMP selection Committee as prescribed by the NTC Memorandum Circular 09-09-2018.
PT&T and Sear Telecom, on the other hand, said they will file their respective Motion for Reconsideration in their attempt to still challenge the winning bid. The two disqualified bidders won’t need to shell out any fee yet should they decide to file of Motion for Reconsideration. The 10-million Appeal Fee will only be required if they choose to petition a denied Motion for Reconsideration.
Though many scenarios can still happen in the coming days, Department of ICT Acting Secretary Eliseo M. Rio Jr. is still positive on putting a possible end to the year-long NMP search.