National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has published an order mandating the telecommunication companies to cut down rates for interconnection calls and texts and expects that it will take effect fifteen (15) days after or as early as next month.
According to NTC Commissioner Edgardo Caballos, the memorandum circular will lower down the rates on calls from one network to another from Php2.50 to Php0.50 per minute while the rates on texts from one network to another will plummet from Php0.15 to Php0.05.
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NTC has released this circular in line with Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Order No. 002. NTC framed these guidelines before the government selects the new telco player in the industry.
“Affordable interconnection charges would encourage competition and would attract new major telecommunication players by creating a healthy environment conducive for competition and fairer level playing field,” the DICT order read.
Lately, the contribution of SMS and voice services in the country has continuously dropped since the emergence of alternative text and call messaging platforms.