Telcos: 8-digit landline mitigation to push through on Oct 6

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2019   •   510

Two of the biggest telecommunications in the country has announced they will push through with the 8-digit landline migration on October 6.

Globe Telecom Inc. said landline numbers of Globe and Bayan in Greater Manila will be migrated to 8-digit telephone numbers based on the order of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in October last year.

In a statement, Globe general counsel Froilan Castelo said they are coordinating with the NTC to assist customers before, after and during the migration.

“We are ready to migrate all customers with landline in Greater Metro Manila to eight-digit telephone numbers,” he said.

The NTC issued Memorandum Order 10-10-2017, directing telcos to migrate to an 8-digit telephone number to accommodate the increase in the number of customers in major cities.—AAC

Telco companies give 30-day payment extension period amid community quarantine

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 16, 2020

Telecommunication companies will implement a 30-day payment extension period for their customers after the government imposed a community quarantine.

PLDT, Sky Cable and Globe have issued an advisory announcing a 30-day payment extension period from the customers due date.

PLDT also issued a 30-day payment extension period for all of their postpaid customers in PLDT Home, PLDT Enterprise, Smart & Sun postpaid.

Congress put on hold telco franchise

admin   •   November 29, 2016

The requirement of the National Telecommunications Commission on the number of cell sites for the telecommunication companies in relation to the number of their subscribers or consumers.

The requirement of the National Telecommunications Commission on the number of cell sites for the telecommunication companies in relation to the number of their subscribers or consumers.

QUEZON CITY, Philipines — The House of Representatives has put on hold the franchise of 2 big telephone companies until their service improves.

According to the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, consumers are not getting the service they deserve with the telcos.

“Huwag muna natin sila bigyan ng mga franchise hangga’t hindi po nila naayos ang mga problema natin.”

(Let’s not give them first their franchise until they have not solve our problems.)

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Smart Communications has 65 million subscribers all over the country and has 12,000 cell sites while Globe Telecom has 64 million subscriber with more than 7,000 cell sites.

According to the National Telecommunication Commission for every 1 thousand consumers there should be 1 cell site.

It turns out that the number of cell sites that serve million of subscribers is not proportionate and this was admitted by Smart and Globe.

Globe and Smart were also questioned about the slow internet service.

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Next year, the 25 year franchise of Globe and Smart will expire.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he will open the telecom business to foreign players in the country.

(MON JOCSON / UNTV News & Rescue)



NTC conducts pilot testing of internet speed

admin   •   September 16, 2015

MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will conduct on Thursday a pilot testing of the internet speed of fixed lines provided by internet
service providers or ISP.

Using a device, the NTC will monitor whether the ISP’s are providing consumers their advertised internet speed for fixed lines, or those directly connected to

“Kunwari isang subscriber kumuha sya ng package na 3mbps, dapat yung download 3mbps. Hindi sya pedeng bumababa dun,” explained NTC Deputy Commissioner Delilah Deles.

(If a subscriber is paying for a 3mbps package, the download should be 3mbps and not lower than that)

ISP’s that will be monitored are Bayantel, PLDT, Smart, Skycable, and Globe.

The main testing site will be at the NTC main office in Quezon City. There are other testing sites but NTC refuses to disclose their locations.

The result of the pilot testing will be published on newspapers.

The official monitoring of fixed lines internet speed is expected to start next month.

The NTC is now planning to observe the mobile internet speed in the country as well.

“Ang purpose talaga nito ay para mabigyan ng empowerment ang kunsumers para alam nila ang dapat nilang gawin,” said NTC Director Edgardo Cabarios.

(The purpose of this is to empowers consumers so they know what to do) (UNTV News)

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