NTC launches draft policy on VoIP

5 Apr 2005

Filipino regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has published a new draft policy that will enable all companies in the market to offer voice over IP (VoIP) calls for as little as USD0.10 per minute. The new legislation has delivered a blow to the country’s major telcos PLDT and Globe Telecom, which are offering VoIP services for an average price of USD0.40 per minute. The two operators have complained to the NTC that the policy will threaten their businesses.

In a separate story, Globe Telecom has announced that it will not be extending its ‘call and text all you can’ promotion for its mobile subscribers after 7 April, claiming that the price war in the mobile market was ‘unsustainable’. Globe competes with Piltel, Smart Communications, Extelcom and Digitel Mobile (Sun Celular) in the cellular market.