MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom, Inc. and Digital Telecommunications Philippines Inc. (Digitel) are close to achieving 100% interconnection after signing agreements linking their networks in Camarines Norte, Bataan, and Sorsogon.
In a statement, Globe Telecom said the interconnection between Globelines and Digitel in Camarines Norte took effect last Oct. 18.
“The interconnection initially covers the municipalities of Daet, Labo, Basud, Paracale, Sta. Elena, Talisay and Jose Panganiban. On the other hand, both companies launched local interconnection in Bataan and Sorsogon last Oct. 15,” Globe Telecom said.
The interconnection in Bataan covers Orion, Balanga, Limay, Morong, Mariveles, Orani, Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Samal and Abucay, common areas served by both networks.
In Sorsogon, the interconnection covers Sorsogon City and the towns of Bulan, Castilla, Gubat, Casiguran, and Donsol, Globe Telecom said.
“Residents and businesses in each of these provinces can now enjoy local call rates. A Digitel subscriber need not pay long-distance rates to call a Globeline subscriber from the same province, and vice-versa,” said Melvin Santos, head for national carrier relations at Globe Telecom.
Mr. Santos added: “We are currently working on province-wide local interconnection with Digitel for Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and Bataan and we expect these to be completed by yearend.”
The company said the two networks were also pursuing interconnection deals in Ilocos Sur, Nueva Vizcaya and Lucena in Quezon.
The National Telecommunications Commission requires the interconnection of authorized public telecommunications carriers under Republic Act No. 7925 or the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of 1995, which opened up the sector to competition.
Globe Telecom had said it was bent on pursuing more interconnection agreements with rival phone firms as part of efforts “to reach more subscribers, to increase the affordability of communications, and to spur development in key growth areas outside the National Capital Region.”