9 Jan 2006
Having won its preferred spectrum frequency for W-CDMA mobile services from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), domestic operator Globe Telecom says it is confident of offering 3G services to the public ‘this year’. In July 2005 Globe completed its first video call over a trial 3G network, using a temporary permit and frequencies from the NTC, and filed its application for 3G spectrum in October 2005. In November it showcased live video calls to the public during the 19th Advertising Congress in Cebu City and did so again during the 23rd Southeast Asian Games, held in Manila. Then in December Globe posted its PHP300 million (USD5.72 million) performance bond with the NTC, in compliance with the rules and regulations on the assignment of 3G frequency bands. The regulator NTC has also awarded 3G spectrum to Smart Communications, Digital Telecommunications Philippines and Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprise (Cure).