Congress put on hold telco franchise

The requirement of the National Telecommunications Commission on the number of cell sites for the telecommunication companies in relation to the number of their subscribers or consumers.

The requirement of the National Telecommunications Commission on the number of cell sites for the telecommunication companies in relation to the number of their subscribers or consumers.

QUEZON CITY, Philipines — The House of Representatives has put on hold the franchise of 2 big telephone companies until their service improves.

According to the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, consumers are not getting the service they deserve with the telcos.

“Huwag muna natin sila bigyan ng mga franchise hangga’t hindi po nila naayos ang mga problema natin.”

(Let’s not give them first their franchise until they have not solve our problems.)

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Smart Communications has 65 million subscribers all over the country and has 12,000 cell sites while Globe Telecom has 64 million subscriber with more than 7,000 cell sites.

According to the National Telecommunication Commission for every 1 thousand consumers there should be 1 cell site.

It turns out that the number of cell sites that serve million of subscribers is not proportionate and this was admitted by Smart and Globe.

Globe and Smart were also questioned about the slow internet service.

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Next year, the 25 year franchise of Globe and Smart will expire.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he will open the telecom business to foreign players in the country.

(MON JOCSON / UNTV News & Rescue)

 

 

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