Smart files official plea to stop Altimax leasing frequencies to Globe

10 Oct 2011

Filipino mobile operator Smart Communications, a unit of PLDT, has submitted a formal complaint to the regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), to prevent domestic broadcaster Altimax from leasing radiowave frequencies to rival operator Globe Telecom. In a filing to the NTC, Smart is asking the authorities to ‘immediately order Altimax Broadcasting to cease and desist from illegally leasing out the frequencies.’ In its nine-page statement, Smart spokesman Ramon R Isberto said: ‘This is a matter of urgency. There are clear grounds for the commission to act because Altimax and Globe have flagrantly violated applicable laws and rules of the NTC.’

The spat between the pair emerged in August this year when Smart filed a complaint before the NTC regarding the disputed frequencies. The PLDT unit asked the government to consider recalling Atimax’s frequencies – issued for multichannel multipoint distribution system (MMDS) services – as the operator had not used them for more than a decade. In the meantime, Altimax agreed to lease it spectrum to Globe subsidiary Innove Communications in October 2009, which were used for broadband wireless access (BWA) services. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for 19 October.

Philippines, Altimax Broadcasting, Globe Telecom (incl. Innove), Smart Communications (Philippines)