Filipino regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has published a draft memorandum allowing ISPs and other entities to offer VoIP as a value-added service. The move will provide users with cheap communications services, and is expected to result in a significant drop in the rates of international voice calls. Companies interested in offering VoIP will have to register with the regulator.
Meanwhile mobile operator Digital Telecommunications Philippines (Digitel) has filed a formal complaint with the NTC about the poor quality of its interconnection links with Smart Communications. The cellco said that it had experienced a high volume of both call and text failures, and estimated that it would lose PHP5.44 million in monthly revenue loss if the problem continues.