NTC sets terms for PLDT-Digitel union


The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will likely yield to Globe Telecom’s demand that its rival, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), be stripped of some of its allegedly “excess” radio frequencies before it is allowed to take over Digitel Telecommunications Phil.

NTC, the state telecom regulator, has to greenlight PLDT’s bid to acquire Digitel’s operations for P74.1 billion. Digitel’s parent firm, JG Summit Holdings, earlier set a deadline of Aug. 26 for the completion of the deal.

NTC Deputy Commissioner Carlo Martinez said on Wednesday the three-man commission discussing the possible implications of the PLDT-Digitel deal would try to finalize its decision before the end of the week.

“We’re still trying to determine the conditions that we will impose… to safeguard the interests of consumers,” he told reporters.

Digitel operates mobile brand Sun Cellular, the country’s third-largest telecom company with 15 million subscribers. The deal will give PLDT a 70-percent market share in terms of industry revenues and subscribers.

Globe Telecom, the Ayala-led firm that is opposing PLDT-Digitel deal, earlier called on the NTC to strip PLDT of one of its frequencies in the third-generation (3G) band to avoid creating an imbalance of allocations in favor of one group.

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  • Anonymous

    Hope NTC and the Goverment will follow what the US Federal goverment have done with the AT&T and TMobile deal.

  • Anonymous

    to the NTC, to the Congress and to Pnoy, the cry of the masses and the whole citizenry is very simple yet very loud and clear: THERE IS NO GOOD THING IN DUOPOLY. It is just choosing one the lesser evil.

    Paraphrasing one of the famous speech delivered by PM Winston Churchill: (Duopoly) is a battle between Satan and Lucifer.

    Even the liberal craaappp democrats in the US lead by Obama and the conservative, war-freak Republicans are harmoniously agreeing to the fact and final decision that there will be no duopoly in the US telecom and other markets.

    • Anonymous

      BLOOMBERG REPORT Sept. 1, 2011———————————————————-AT&T Inc.’s bid to acquire to rival U.S. carrier Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA may have slammed into a roadblock today because of the highly reliable report that the U.S. Department of Justice had filed paperwork to block the acquisition.

  • Yakan Yaw

    unti unting bumabalik sa monopolya ang telecom sector sa pinas. Imbes na bumaba ang mga charges lalong magmamahal pagnagkataon. The Salim family of Indonesia – owner of parent company of Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Group has almost controlled major utilities in the Philippines. Sana sa kapakinabangan parin ng mga Pilipino ang mangibabaw/umiral, baka lalo lang dumami ang maghirap at mamundok pag sunud sunuran ang gobyerno sa dikta ng mga foreigner na kapitalista. We have to be vigilant and watchful always.

  • Anonymous

    we should start allowing greater foreign competition in our markets. The “nationalistic” policies are not actually pro-poor since at the present, prices are still comparatively very high. Look at what happened at PLDT when we deregulated the telecoms back in the 90’s. now we should look at deregulating industries to force this companies to shape up. Greater tax revenues, now thats pro-poor!

  • Anonymous

    Lahat naman sila’y may dayuhan na kasosyo. Rent-seeking is the main business of our elite. Because the Filipino elite enjoys the capture of government, they use that as leverage to get foreigners to finance the business. It’s a very convenient arrangement. Foreigners provide the money, local bureaucrat-capitalists provide the connections and the muscle. The rest of the citizenry is left out of the loop. 

    If we want the Philippines to prosper, we must take away those arcane and antiquated so-called “nationalistic” provisions in our constitution. Allow foreign capital to invest here, and it should be out in the open where it’s all transparent. Unlike the present set-up which only perpetrates the ruling elite’s stranglehold on government and the economy, stifling competition and innovation.

  • joboni96

    kita na naman si pangilinan

    at ang mga dayuhan nyang amo


    • Shinigami Sword

      Motherhood statements that are actually stupid..  

      What control are you talking about? Who would you want providing the service.. You? Me pera ka?  He who has the money owns the company and the service.  That’s very basic.  The government sets the regulations.. invites the players then observes /monitors compliance.   If there is any failure, its on the government part.

      You Militants should really finish your courses and actually attend basic Economics and Management classes instead of grabbing every excuse to take to the streets.  You’re only experts at obfuscating issues and twisting facts to suit your propaganda.

  • Anonymous

    So when will SMC enter into the mobile industry? You better hurry up!

    • Anonymous

      They already did via Liberty Telecoms. I’m not sure but I think they own the WiTribe brand.

    • Yakan Yaw

      It’s already operational my friend. SMC & QTel (Qatar telecom) operates Wi-tribe – a 4G technology.

    • gerry827

      SMB also owns now Eastern Telecoms…

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