ABS-CBNnews.com reports that the Philippines’ two biggest fixed line carriers in terms of subscribers, Philippine Long Distance Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom, have inked a landline interconnection agreement covering the area of Davao del Norte. The deal means that customers of both firms in the region will be able to make local calls to one another by dialling a simple seven-digit telephone code – i.e. without having to pay a long-distance charge of PHP5 (USD0.11) per minute. Commenting on the agreement, Froilan Castelo, head of Globe’s corporate and legal services tram, said: ‘We are delighted to announce that through collaboration and cooperation with competition, the company’s subscribers will have greater access to telecommunications and vice-versa. We are hoping that we will able to establish the same kind of collaboration in other areas of the country.’
It is understood that the two telcos are also working on fixed line interconnect deals in the areas of Pangasinan, Zambales, Davao del Sur, Misamis Occidental and Ilocos Norte.