Telenor gladly on 3rd telco slot




Telenor Group, an international telecommunications company based in Norway looking for a larger footprint in Asia, is considering participating in the third telco selection process in the Philippines.

Telenor sees good prospects in the country, given the large and relatively young population, and the continued growth in demand for data services, said Shanshil Ahmed Shibly, deputy director for regional operations of Grameenphone, as Telenor is known in Bangladesh.

"Hopefully we can participate here," he said in an interview last week.

What is still unclear is whether Telenor has a local partner. To participate, the government requires that at least one member of the consortium owns a national telco franchise.

"That's a discussion that's going on," Shibly said when asked about such a requirement.

The Department for Information and Communication Technology, together with the National Telecommunication Commission, published the final terms of reference last week for the selection of a new large telco player. The rules will take effect on 6 October 2018. The deadline for submitting bids is set at 5 November. –MIGUEL R. CAMUS

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