NTC to investigate operators with significant market power

30 Aug 2006

Philippine regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has revealed that it is considering plans to curb unfair practices in the telecoms industry, including predatory pricing and limiting small carrier access to the backbone networks of the major telcos. The NTC said that two local exchange carriers – out of the 73 in total – control 75% of the customer base, while in the mobile sector the situation is even more extreme with the biggest two operators – Smart Communications and Globe Telecom – accounting for 96% of the market.