The company’s two telco giants have agreed to make inter-network voice calls more affordable, both for mobile phones and fixed lines. The lower rates were announced last November 28.
“We are supporting government’s efforts to bring down the cost of telecom services in the country. This agreement will translate in different ways to more affordable voice call rates for our subscribers,” said PLDT director and head of regulatory affairs and policy office Ray Espinosa.
The voice call interconnection rate between PLDT (Smart, Sun, and TNT) and Globe will be lowered by as much as 40 percent, specifically down to PHP 2.50 per minute across the board starting January 1, 2017. Currently, mobile to mobile and landline to mobile voice calls are charged PHP 4 per minute, while mobile to landline calls are charged PHP 3 per minute,
PLDT chief revenue officer Eric Alberto said both operators are also committed in maintaining the highest quality of connection for voice calls between the two networks even as they endeavor to reduce interconnection charges.
He added that improving voice services will provide customers more options to connect with their family and friends, at home or on the go.