Wait a sec - Globe asks NTC to pause on per-second billing

15 Jul 2009

Globe Telecom of the Philippines has asked the regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), to delay the proposed introduction of per-second billing for mobile calls to give it more time to recalibrate and recalculate its tariffs. The watchdog’s new measures are designed to change the billing of cellular calls from a per-minute system to a per-second one. However, the BusinessMirror quotes Globe’s head for regulatory affairs Ma. Caridad Gonzalez as saying: ‘To this extent, Globe requests the NTC to hold the issuance of the subject draft guidelines until fair and reasonable per-pulse rate can be determined.’ If signed, the NTC’s draft memorandum circular (MC) must be implemented by cellcos within 60 days of the new policy entering into force. In addition, domestic operators are required to submit their new proposed rates based on per-second billing within 30 days.