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Philippine PLDT receives nationwide wireless broadband permit

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Smart Broadband Inc. (SBI), a unit of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), has obtained a permanent permit from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to offer wireless broadband and data services to small- and medium-enterprises and residential clients nationwide, reported the Manila Times.

In an order, the regulator said SBI is “technically” and “financially” capable of continuously operating and maintaining the data leased channel circuit network services nationwide.

Given this, the NTC approved SBI’s certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to offer Internet data services in Metro Manila, Benquet, Tarlac, Cavite, Laguna, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Misamis Oriental, Davao del Sur and Zamboanga del Sur.

In March 2001, the company received a provisional authority from the NTC to install and operate a nationwide data leased line.

SBI, formerly Meridian Telekoms Inc. obtained a legislative franchise under Republic Act 8337 to install, lease and operate wire and wireless telecoms systems nationwide. At end-June, SBI’s wireless broadband subscriber base grew 26 percent to reach 689,000. Of the total, 261,000 were prepaid service users and the remaining subscribers were postpaid.



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