THE Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) is setting up interconnection links with Globe Telecom in four more provinces to allow local calls among their subscribers free of long distance charges.
“Our subscribers in Ilocos, Zambales, and Misamis Occidental will soon be able to call their friends, family members, and business associates within their provinces anytime, without worrying about long distance charges,” said PLDT Spokesperson Ramon Isberto.
Under the agreement, PLDT customers will be able to make local calls to Globelines subscribers for free by the end of the year in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Zambales, and Misamis Occidental.
PLDT has business offices in these areas that serve walk-in telephone applicants, facilitate installations and do repairs, accept bill payments and billing concerns. The telco offers voice, video, and data or triple play services on a single Internet protocol (IP) platform.
Isberto said the IP backbone runs on PLDT’s Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON), the most extensive fiber optic network in the country—now over 90,000 kilometers long.
In July this year, PLDT has also set up interconnection links in Pangasinan in northern Luzon.
In August, PLDT’s services in the Bicol region were also interconnected with Globelines in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon.
The free local calls to Globelines subscribers in Albay covered the following cities and municipalities: Daraga, Guinobatan, Legazpi City, Ligao City, Oas, Polangui, Tabaco City, and Camalig.
Meanwhile, Sorsogueños are now making free phone calls to their family, friends, and business partners in Sorsogon City and the surrounding towns of Bulan, Castilla, Gubat, Casiguran, and Donsol.