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NEWS UPDATES 15 September 2009

Philippine telecom firms ask regulator to delay new rates

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Philippine telecom companies have proposed flag down rates for mobile voice services and requested the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to defer the implementation of the new rates in December, the Manila Times reported. 

In a filing with the regulator, Smart Communications Inc. and its unit, Connectivity Unlimited Resources Enterprises Inc. (CURE) want to impose a flag down rate of between 3 peso and 6 peso for first two pulses and 0.70 peso to 2.25 peso (1$=49 peso) for each succeeding pulse.

Globe Telecom Inc and unit Innove Communications Inc proposed a flag down rate of 1.50 peso to 4 peso for the first six seconds. For each succeeding pulse, they want to impose a rate of 0.70 peso to 1.25 peso. Sun Cellular of Digital Mobile Phils Inc has asked for 10 days to submit its proposed rates.

At present, the prevailing rate for on-net or within network voice calls is 6.50 peso per minute, while off-net or outside the network is 7.50 peso per minute.

Earlier, the regulator issued Memorandum Circular No. 05-07-2009, fixing the maximum unit of billing for cellular mobile telephone service (CMTS) at six seconds per pulse.


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