SUBSCRIBERS of both Globe Telecom and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) in Albay will now be able to call each other without having to cough up extra for long-distance charges after Globe expanded its collaboration with PLDT by agreeing to an interconnection deal.
In a statement, Froilan Castelo, Globe general counsel, said: “We have been aggressively pursuing interconnection with our counterparts, knowing that this will greatly benefit our customers as it enhances their access to affordable telecommunication services. We hope that other provinces will be covered by such collaboration in the months ahead so that more and more customers will benefit from cost-effective services.”
The commercial activation of Globelines’ interconnection with PLDT began August 14, allowing landline customers of the two service providers to generate substantial savings as they no longer have to pay for long distance charges when calling one another.
Prior to the interconnection, landline customers of both Globelines and PLDT were charged with long distance rates when making phone calls to one another. With the commercial availability of the interconnection, Globe subscribers can simply dial the seven-digit telephone number to connect with PLDT and vice-versa.
Globe and PLDT have existing interconnection deals in Metro Manila, Cavite, Iloilo, Capiz, Batangas, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Leyte, Davao City, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zamboanga, Laguna, Quezon, La Union, Nueva Ecija, and Benguet, GenSan/South Cotabato , Tarlac, Davao del Norte, Pangasinan and Sorsogon.
The two mobile operators are also in talks for similar interconnection arrangements in Zambales, Misamis Occidental and Ilocos Norte.
Discussions for such cooperation are in line with provisions for compulsory interconnection of authorized public telecommunications carriers under Republic Act 7925.
The law aims to create a universally accessible and fully integrated nationwide telecommunications network to encourage more infrastructure investments from the private sector that would benefit the consumers.
“Globe Telecom has already secured interconnection arrangements with all other major local exchange carriers,” Castelo said.