The Philippines' Mislatel has postponed the expected start date of its commercial operations to early 2021 as a result of delays receiving a key certificate that will allow it to operate.
Mislatel, the joint venture established and selected to become the Philippines' third operator, has moved the start date from its initial target of late 2020, ABS-CBN News reported.
Mislatel is jointly owned by China Telecom and local businesses owned by tycoon Dennis Uy.
The company is still waiting on the issuance of a certificate of public convenience, but the Department of ICT is still waiting on a ratified Congressional resolution on the validity of Mislatel's operating franchise before this certificate can be issued.
If the certificate is still not issued this month as anticipated, the commencement date could potentially be delayed further.
Last month the Senate approved a change in ownership of the franchise Mislatel intends to operate under to the consortium, in order to circumvent issues surrounding the validity of the franchise as a result of former non-compliance with its terms.
The franchise, which had been held by a company owned by Uy that was also known as Mislatel, had required the commencement of operators within a year of its issuance. This requirement had not been fulfilled, leading to concerns that the franchise was null and void. The Mislatel consortium had also failed to notify the government about a change in ownership of the franchise.
But the Senate overwhelmingly voted for a resolution to approve the change of ownership to maintain the validity of the franchise.
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