MANILA – Rival firms Globe Telecom and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) now have an interconnection deal in Sorsogon that allows their landline subscribers to call each other without additional charges.
The commercial activation of the interconnection of Globe’s landline service, Globelines, with PLDT began on July 31.
The deal will allow landline customers of the rival service providers to cut costs because they will be free of long-distance charges when calling one another.
Globe subscribers can now simply dial the seven-digit telephone number to connect with PLDT and vice-versa.
“We are happy to announce expansion of Globe Telecom’s interconnection with competition to include the province of Sorsogon, which further enhances our customers’ access to affordable telecommunication services. We are hopeful that such collaboration and cooperation for cost-effective services will further extend to more and more provinces in the country,” said Globe’s general counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo.
Castelo said that aside from PLDT, Globe Telecom is open for discussions for potential interconnection arrangement with other local exchange carriers.
Currently, Globe and PLDT are in talks for similar interconnection arrangements in Zambales, Misamis Occidental and Ilocos Norte.
So far, the 2 companies have existing interconnection in the following areas:
General Santos/South Cotabato,
Davao del Norte,