Globe proposes 3-year plan to reduce interconnection rates


Here’s some good news: your cellphone bill may be cheaper in the future, if Globe has its way. In a press release sent earlier today, Globe Telecom told us that they have submitted a position paper detailing its proposal on reducing fees for subscribers calling and sending texts outside their respective networks. In the paper, Globe suggested a 3-year “glide path” implementation method beginning January 31, 2012. The proposal outlines a reduction in interconnection charges for voice calls at P2.50 for the first year, P2.00 on the second year, and P1.50 on the third year. For SMS, charging is P0.25 on the first year, P0.20 on the second year and P0.15 on the third year. “Globe is in full support of NTC’s call to lower domestic interconnect rates among telcos. In fact, Globe also supports mobile to landline interconnection and vice versa, where interconnection fees should also be reduced. This way, subscribers will experience lower service charges,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo, Head for Corporate and Legal Services Group of Globe. “So as to give ample time for Globe to adjust its tariffs and billing system, Globe requests the NTC to implement these new charges by January 2012.”