Bayan joins lists of telcos disgruntled at new RAO rules

22 Jan 2010

Lopez-controlled Filipino telecoms operator Bayan Telecommunications (Bayan) has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to exempt it from new reference access offer (RAO) rules covering proposed interconnection rates, particularly with smaller players. In its regulatory filing, Bayan said its position in the domestic market was more as ‘an access-seeker than an access provider’, noting that as such, it would be ‘premature’ for the telco to submit a proposal on terms and conditions for other carriers.

Earlier this week CommsUpdate reported that fellow operator Globe Telecom asked NTC to cancel an order directing local telecom companies to show their pricing and terms for access services via a RAO, saying the directive ‘jeopardises competitiveness’ and ‘undermines public telecommunication entities’ right to a reasonable return on investment.’

Philippines, Bayan Telecommunications (Bayantel)