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Globe and BayanTel now fully interconnected, no more long distance rates for Samar area

By on Dec 16, 2010 in Announcement Comments

Globe and BayanTel are now fully interconnected, which means there will be no more long distance rates for Samar area, as published in local news sites on Thursday.

According to reports, Globe Telecom Inc. and Bayan Telecommunications Inc. (BayanTel) are now interconnected 100 percent, effective December 10, 2010 in all areas in the Philippines where they serve.

With this, subscribers of both communication networks in Northern and Western Samar areas will not be going to pay long distance fees for their calls to each other.

Apparently, Both Globe and BayanTel have common operations in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Cebu, Davao del Sur, Eastern Samar, Iloilo, Leyte, Misamis Oriental, Negros Occidental, Sorsogon Southern Leyte, and South Cotabato.

“We are happy to have achieved full interconnection with another telecommunications company for the good of residents and businesses in these provinces.” Globe’s National Carrier Relations head Melvin Santos told the news.

“This is a positive sign that even industry competitors can work together to serve public interest and spur the domestic economy with relevant and cost-effective telecommunication services,” Santos added.

Globe announced earlier that the company wished to be involved on more interconnection agreements with rival phone firms, which is a part their efforts to expand its network to reach more subscribers outside the NCR.

Under Republic Act 7925, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) mandates compulsory interconnection of all authorized public telecommunications carriers.

Its purpose is to create a universally accessible and fully integrated nationwide telecommunications network to further encourage the private sector to investment in infrastructure so the consuming public would benefit from them.

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