MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte expects that the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. or Mislatel Consortium will end duopoly in the Philippines telecommunications industry.
“Let me take this opportunity to pose this challenge to Mislatel [Consortium]: Break the prevailing duopoly in the telecommunications industry and fulfill your commitment to provide better telco services to our people,” the President said.
Mislatel received its certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN), or permit to operate as a telco from the President on Monday (July 8) at Malacañang.
This, after Mislatel passed the standards set by the National Telecommunications Commission and the requirements imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Philippine Competition Commission.
The firm’s entrance as the country’s third telco player is in line with the government’s project to improve Internet speed in the Philippines from 4.5 mbps to 55 mbps within the next five years to better aid the economy.
“To our people, I encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities arising from a more vibrant telecommunications industry by engaging in productive ICT-based undertakings. Expand your businesses, engage in online jobs, avail of online learning and training opportunities, and participate in productive public discussions,” the President said.
Mislatel has already lodged a performance security bond amounting to P25.7 billion.
After receiving its license, the company also decided to rebrand and will start offering its service under the name Dito Telecommunity Corp. – with details from Rosalie Coz
MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued the guidelines for the implementation of Republic Act 11202 or the “Mobile Number Portability Act”; the law that allows mobile phone users to maintain a permanent number even when they switch service providers.
Memorandum Circular No. 03062019 outlines the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of law that was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in February this year.
Under the guidelines, mobile users may apply for a permanent number free of charge.
No interconnection charges shall be charged for domestic calls and text messages.
Mobile users who wish to apply for a permanent number should have no outstanding financial obligations with their current network.
Users should have no pending request for transfer of the assigned mobile number and the number should be active for at least 60 days.
Meanwhile, all telecommunication companies will share one mobile number portability service provider (MNPSP) to be chosen by existing service providers within 120 days after the circular takes effect.
All expenses for the software, hardware and other facilities required by the MNPSP will be shared by all telecommunication companies.
Violation of the regulations may cost service providers revocation of their franchise and a fine of up to P1 million.
FILE PHOTO: A woman uses her cell phones in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) effectively reduced interconnection rates on text messages and voice calls.
According to NTC Memorandum 05-07-2018 dated July 19, Smart Communications and Globe Telecom are ordered to lower interconnection charges for short messaging services (SMS) from P0.15 to P0.05 per text, and from P2.50 to P0.50 per minute for mobile phone calls.
The order, according to NTC, aimed to make “voice and SMS more affordable to the general public.”
The agency said the prevailing interconnection charges in the Philippines “are high compared to most ASEAN countries” citing a report from the International Journal of Computer Networking Wireless and Mobile Communications (2016).
The report said that while Singapore and Myanmar do not charge for such services, interconnection rates for voice calls in Cambodia stood at P2.42 per minute; Vietnam, P1.26; Indonesia, P0.93; Thailand, P0.56; and Malaysia, P0.48.
The circular shall take effect 15 days after publication in newspapers of general circulation. — Marje Pelayo
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