FREE local calls are now available in Camarines Sur, between subscribers of PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc.
In a statement, PLDT said it has set up interconnection links with Globe Telecom Inc. in Camarines Sur, and the free local calls will be available across its towns and cities, including Nabua, Camaligan, Canaman, Naga, Iriga City, Libmanan, Pili, Buhi, Ragay, Calabanga, Baao, Goa, Sipocot, Caramoan, and Bula.
“PLDT subscribers in Camarines Sur may now call their friends, family members, and business associates – regardless of their telco connection – anytime without having to worry about long distance charges,” said Christopher Dizon, coordinator of PLDT Bicol’s Customer Service Operations Zone.
Camarines Sur is the ninth province in the Philippines that has interconnected links between the telcos.
The other eight provinces that are have interconnected PLDT-Globe services are Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Zambales, Misamis Occidental, and Iloilo.
Dizon said PLDT’s regional office in Legazpi City covers the whole Bicol region, including Camarines Sur. It offers voice, video, and data or triple play services on a single internet protocol (IP) platform.
The business office also serves walk-in telephone applicants, actual installation and repair, accepts bills payment, and handles report repairs and billing concerns.
“The IP backbone runs on PLDT’s Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON), the most extensive fiber optics network in the country which is now over 100,000 kilometers long. It facilitates the direct transmission of the internet data to our gateway, providing fast and reliable internet experience to our subscribers,” Dizon said.
Not only free telephone calls, but faster internet will soon be available across the country.
Earlier this month, PLDT and Globe signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) connecting the telcos’ IP platforms and allowing the exchange of traffic between the networks, boosting linkages and providing faster internet for both of broadband and mobile clients.
Dubbed as “IP peering agreement,” the deal will improve the quality of the country’s internet as the exchange and content will be hosted locally compared to the previous routing from international sources that took too long for data to be routed back to the country.