ASEAN KEY DESTINATIONS
Higher fees on Philippine telecoms
For 2010, the government is targeting a P325-billion budget shortfall or 3.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
The SUF is collected annually in addition to all existing fees collected by the NTC.
The SUF is based on the amount of spectrum used, the type of service being offered and the economic classification of the areas covered by the radio stations.
At present, the NTC is collecting P5 million per 10 megahertz (Mhz) for 2G frequency holders.
For 3G frequency holders, the NTC is collecting P65 million a year for the 10 Mhz assigned to them.
Smart Communications Inc. is a holder of a total of 35 MHz of 3G frequency bandwidth, including the 10 Mhz of Pilipino Telephone Corp. and Connectivity Unlimited Resources Enterprises Inc.
Globe Telecom and Digital Telecommunications Phils. Inc. each own 10 MHz of 3G frequency bandwidth.
The NTC suffered a cut in the subsidy it receives from government during the first month in office of the Aquino administration, which has vowed to reduce state subsidies to government owned or controlled corporations amid its fiscal straits.
The NTC so far has received P1.025 billion in subsidies from the national government.
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