Two telecommunications giants have teamed up to allow subscribers in select Western Visayas municipalities to call each other without having to deal with additional charges.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), in a statement, announced that a new interconnection agreement with Globe Telecoms (Globe) would facilitate PLDT to Globe calls.
“With this new interconnection, our subscribers in Iloilo 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 Rene Lescano, PLDT’s customer service operations zone head for Panay.
The interconnection agreement allows PLDT customers make local calls to Globelines subscribers for free, covering the following Iloilo municipalities: Ajuy, Alimodian, Banate, Barotac Nuevo, Barotac Viejo, Cabatuan, Calinog, Dingle, Duenas, Dumangas, Estancia, Iloilo, Janiuay, Leganes, Leon, Oton, Passi, Pavia, Pototan, San Miguel, Sara, Tigbauan and Zaraga.
“Enabling the IP backbone is PLDT’s Domestic Fiber Optic Network (DFON) … which now spans more than 100,000 kilometers long. DFON facilitates the direct transmission of the internet data to our gateway, providing subscribers fast and reliable internet experience,” Lescano said.
Earlier this year, PLDT set up interconnection links in 17 Capiz municipalities, namely: Mambusao, Pontevedra, Roxas City, Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao, Ivisan, Jamindan, Maayon, Mambusao, Panay, Panitan, Pilar, Pres. Roxas, Sapian, and Tapaz.
Capiz, in Panay, is covered by PLDT’s business office in Iloilo.
Last year, PLDT also set up links in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Zambales and Misamis Occidental that enabled PLDT customers to call the other telco’s subscribers without additional charges.
PLDT’s services in Pangasinan in Northern Luzon as well as the Bicol region in the provinces of Albay and Sorsogon were also interconnected with Globelines last year. Maria Laura Angeles