Globe to NTC: Require PLDT to hasten interconnection

By Kathleen Martin,

Posted at Feb 10 2013 04:25 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2013 12:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom, Inc. has sought the help of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to require Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to already finish its landline interconnection with the Ayala-led telco.

"[W]e are again constrained to seek the urgent intervention of this honorable commission in ensuring that all local interconnection between [Globe's landline subsidiary] Innove [Communications Inc.] and PLDT will be completed without further delays and within the agreed timetable," read Globe's letter to the NTC dated Jan. 18.

Without local interconnection between networks, a subscriber is charged with long distance rates even if the call is made to another consumer within the same province or city.

Globe insisted that despite "close monitoring by the NTC," PLDT activated only two out of six planned areas for interconnection last year.

"We hope that the Commission can convene the parties at the soonest possible time in order to achieve the full interconnection between Innove and PLDT throughout the Philippines for the benefit of the subscribing public in particular and the entire nation in general," Globe said.

But PLDT said it has been "fully cooperating" with Globe on local interconnection despite the Ayala-led telco's complaint.

"We have in fact been fully cooperating with Globe with respect to interconnection. For example, we are in the final stage of implementation for interconnection in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur and are now trying to schedule the formal activation of this link," Ramon Isberto, head for public affairs at PLDT, said via electronic mail.

He added discussions are underway on interconnection with Globe in Pangasinan and Zambales.

Isberto, however, pointed out that other than local interconnection efforts, PLDT is also busy with the migration of the landline subscribers of its recently-acquired Digital Telecommunications Philippines Inc. (Digitel) to the telco giant's network.

"This program (migration of Digitel landline subscribers to PLDT network) is a matter of great urgency for us because we need to ensure that Digitel subscribers will not suffer outages as a result of equipment failures. PLDT must clearly give this program the highest priority in terms of its manpower and resources," Isberto said.