NTC releases new 3G rules

17 Jun 2005

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued its second draft of regulations for the award of 3G licences, maintaining that 3G spectrum should be awarded for a fee through a ‘quasi-judicial process’ and not as a free upgrade from GSM. The regulator said it will only licence five mobile operators to offer 3G services, with the annual 3G spectrum user fee being pegged at between PHP3 million (USD54,000) and PHP5 million (USD90,000) for the first 5MHz, with an additional annual fee of PHP2 million (USD36,000) for operators signing up an additional 100,000 subscribers in excess of the first four million.

In a separate story, the NTC has ordered PLDT to cut its access charges to competitors such as Globe Telecom. The operator has been offering its own customers a PHP10-per-call rate, which, in most cases, works out much lower than the PHP4-per-minute it charges other companies.