MANILA, Philippines — On his state of the nation (SONA) address on Monday (July 27), President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his disappointment over the poor services the Filipino people are getting from two major telecommunications companies in the country.
The President thus warned the two telcos to improve their services and he expects results before the end of the year, otherwise, he will order a government takeover.
“If you are not ready to improve, I might just as well close all of you and we revert back to the line telephone at kukunin ko iyan, i-expropriate ko sa gobyerno (I will take it and I will expropriate to the government),” the President said naming the telco giants, Smart and Globe.
He gave the telcos until December to improve their services.
President Duterte has been vocal about his frustration over the poor service of telco players since 2018 which led to the entry of a third telco — the Dito Telecommunity — into the country’s telecommunications industry.
“I will be the one to articulate the anger of the Filipino people and you might not want what I intend to do with you. Kindly improve the services before December,” he warned.
In response, Globe Telecom vows to comply with the President’s demand.
“We heed the call of the president to improve telco services,” the company said in a statement.
“Service performance and increased consumer demand for data are the key reasons why we have been investing billions of dollars to upgrade and improve our network,” it concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday (June 30) hit media giant ABS-CBN Corp. with another big blow after it issued another cease and desist order to shutdown the station’s subsidiary channels.
The orders signed by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba covered the operation of Sky Cable and the network’s other channels on TVPlus.
The regulatory body argued that the other platforms should also be closed because these were also covered by the CDO the agency issued on May 5.
Aside from the shutdown, the NTC also gave Sky Cable 10 days to explain why the radio frequencies assigned to it should not be recalled for lack of franchise.
“Upon the expiration of RA (Republic Act) 7969, Sky Cable Corporation no longer has a valid and subsisting congressional franchise to install, operate or maintain a Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) Service,” the order read.
Likewise, the NTC ordered the network to refund its subscribers “those amounts representing unconsumed prepaid loads, deposits on subscriber equipment and devices, deposit or advance payment in monthly charges for postpaid subscribers, if any, charges collected from new applicants for DBS service, and other charges collected.”
In a statement, Sky Cable said it will comply with the NTC order.
“Sky Cable Corporation complies with the cease and desist order (CDO) issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) stopping the company from operating its direct broadcast satellite service immediately,” the firm said in a statement.
“We will refund all unconsumed prepaid loads and advance postpaid payments. We appeal to our SKYdirect subscribers and partners for understanding and patience as we undergo this process,” it added.
While ABS-CBN argued that there was no mention of Channel 43 in the May 5 shutdown order, the network immediately stopped its digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using the said channel in compliance with the alias CDO recently issued by the NTC.
“While channel 43 is not mentioned in NTC’s cease and desist order (CDO) of May 5, 2020, and it is ABS-CBN’s informed understanding that channel 43 is not included in the CDO, digital TV transmission in Metro Manila using channel 43 will cease tonight (June 30), consistent with the intent of the alias CDO,” ABS-CBN said.
This means operations of digital channels Teleradyo, Jeepney TV, Yey!, Asianovela Channel, CineMo and KBO will also cease.
For now, ABS-CBN awaits the Supreme Court’s decision on a petition it filed against the NTC’s cease and desist order. MNP (with inputs from Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday, June 30, ordered Sky Cable Corporation, an affiliate of ABS-CBN Corp., to halt its services.
In the directive, the NTC ordered Sky Cable to immediately cease and desist operating its direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service assigned to radio frequencies 14421-14457MHz and 12673-12709MHz.
Sky Cable entered into a Transponder Lease Agreement with New Skies Satellites B.V. for the lease of satellite capacity to Sky Cable for the operation of its DBS service.
The NTC said that pursuant to Republic Act No. 7969, the commission issued a provisional authority to Sky Cable Corp. in 2015 to install, operate, and maintain a DBS in 251 cities and municipalities nationwide for the period of December 23, 2015 to June 23, 2017.
“On July 25, 2018, the Commission extended said provisional authority from June 23, 2017 up to but not beyond June 23, 2021, subject to the applicable terms and conditions set forth in the previous provisional authority and conditioned upon compliance with the Commission’s existing rules and regulations,” the order stated.
However, the agency noted that the legislative franchise granted to Sky Cable Corp. by virtue of RA 7969 has expired on May 4, 2020.
“Upon the expiration of RA No. 7969, Sky Cable Corporation no longer has a valid and subsisting congressional franchise to install, operate and maintain a direct broadcast satellite service,” the order read.
The NTC also asked Sky Cable to “show cause in writing” within 10 days why the radio frequencies assigned to it shall not be recalled for “lack of the necessary Congressional Franchise as required by the law.”
“Failure to file an answer within the period herein granted shall be considered Respondents’ waiver of its right to be heard, and the commission shall render such judgement as the law and evidence may warrant,” it said.
The commission also ordered Sky Cable to refund to all its subscribers those amounts representing unconsumed prepaid load, deposits on subscriber equipment and devices, deposit or advance payment in monthly charges for postpaid subscribers, if any, charges collected from new applicants for DBS service.
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