Filipino operators agree to implement lower mobile rates by December

5 Aug 2009

According to local press reports, telecoms operators in the Philippines have agreed to a government-backed initiative to install a new billing system for mobile phone calls by December 2009. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports the announcement was made by the regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), at the fifth hearing of a Senate inquiry into complaints of mobile phone users being conducted jointly by the trade and commerce and public services committees. The watchdog’s new measures are designed to change the billing of cellular calls from a per-minute system to a per-second one. The agency issued Memorandum Circular 05-07-2009 on 23 July setting the maximum billing for mobile phone services, whether pre-paid or post-paid, at six seconds per pulse, or the time cycle on which call charges are based.