9 Oct 2007
Officials from the telecoms regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) yesterday met with representatives of the Philippines’ three largest phone firms – Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular – to discuss the feasibility and cost of implementing the government’s planned national broadband project. The move comes in the wake of a decision by the President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ordering that the project be opened up to local carriers following the scrapping of a government contract with China’s ZTE Corp, amid allegations of corruption. The Philippines’ national broadband project aims to provide connectivity to 600 towns nationwide. No deadline has been set for the feasibility study.