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Philippines to allow China Telecom to build cell towers on military bases

Nfv/sdn News - Published on Fri, 13 Sep 2019

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The Philippine military agreed to allow a new cellphone network powered by a Chinese state telecoms giant to install communications equipment on its army bases, despite concerns among some lawmakers about possible espionage. The military said in a statement it had signed a preliminary agreement with Mislatel, a consortium controlled by Philippine tycoon Mr Dennis Uy, to install communications facilities and towers at its camps and installations.

Mr Uy, a close associate of President Rodrigo Duterte, was awarded the country’s third telecoms licence last year, helped by the last-minute withdrawal or disqualification of other bidders. His two holding companies, which have no prior experience in telecommunications, have partnered with China Telecom which currently owns a 40% stake, the maximum permitted under an archaic Philippines law that the government has promised to amend to support foreign investment.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Fri, 13 Sep 2019
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