Telcos come under fire from both regulator and finance department

8 Jun 2006

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has reported that unpaid spectrum user fees and supervisory regulatory fees are increasing, prompting commissioner Ronald O. Solis to brand the offending telcos as ‘delinquent’. The news comes days after the country’s Department of Finance proposed a crackdown on tax perks enjoyed by telcos. Unsurprisingly, the companies themselves have opposed the move, with Smart and Globe in particular warning that the tax breaks act as an incentive to encourage investment, and their removal may stall the rollout of 3G services.