LEADING telecom and digital services provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has partnered with Globe Telecom to set up interconnection links in Eastern Visayas, allowing free local calls between subscribers of the two service providers, officials of both telcos said on Tuesday.
The interconnection agreement aims to serve subscribers in the provinces of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran, specifically in the towns and cities of Tacloban, Julita, Alang-Alang, San Isidro, Ormoc, Matalom, Maasin, Sogod, and Liloan, as well as Naval, Cabucgayan, Kawayan, and Mariripi in Biliran.
“PLDT subscribers in Leyte 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 Elmer Lintag, PLDT AVP and head of Cebu/Bohol/Samar/Leyte customer service operations zone.
He said PLDT’s business offices in Cebu City and Tacloban, which cover Leyte Island, 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 internet data to our gateway, providing fast and reliable internet experience to our subscribers,” Lintag said in a statement on Tuesday.
In a separate statement, Globe general counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo stressed that the interconnection, which took effect last September 1, will allow customers to realize substantial savings.
“As interconnection reduces the cost of connectivity among our customers, Globe will continue to pursue interconnection in line with our commitment to provide affordable and easily accessible ways of communication, necessary to further enhance economic growth,” Castelo said.
Prior to the interconnection, landline customers of Globelines and other telco providers were charged with long distance rates when making phone calls to one another. With the interconnection, Globe customers can simply dial the seven-digit telephone number to connect with other telco providers and vice-versa.
Interconnection among telco providers is in line with the 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.
Earlier this year, PLDT has interconnected with Globelines covering Camarines Sur’s Nabua, Camaligan, Canaman, Naga, Iriga City, Libmanan, Pili, Buhi, Ragay, Calabanga, Baao, Goa, Sipocot, Caramoan, and Bula.
The interconnection has likewise encompassed seven municipalities in Camarines Norte, namely Daet, Labo, Talisay, Jose Panganiban, Basud, Paracale, and Sta. Elena.
PLDT has previously set up interconnection links in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon in the Bicol Region. Free local calls to Globelines subscribers in Albay can be made in the following cities and municipalities: Daraga, Guinobatan, Legazpi City, Ligao City, Oas, Polangui, Tabaco City, and Camalig.
Sorsogueños are now likewise making free local phone calls to Sorsogon City and the surrounding towns of Bulan, Castilla, Gubat, Casiguran, and Donsol.