SMS in Government

NTC confirms Mislatel Consortium as 3rd major telco

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government, SMS Industry

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has confirmed Mislatel Consortium as the new major telecommunications player to compete with PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom. The consortium is owned by Davao-based businessman Dennis A. Uy and state-owned China Telecom Corp. Ltd. The companies behind the consortium are Mindanao Islamic Telephone Inc. (Mislatel), Udenna [...]

Understanding the Common Tower Policy

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

In the Philippines, the current number of cell sites is 16,500. Unfortunately, this is not enough to serve the needs of millions of mobile internet users. According to the telcos, the long process of securing permits is slowing down the expansion of their networks. To address the demand for more cell towers, the governement will push tower sharing to be mandatory among all telecommunication companies. [...]

Delays still hindering new 3rd telco player

Posted on by Karlo Thumos in SMS in Government

Is the search for a third telecommunications player dead as a Facebook post claims it is? According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology stated on June 16th, the search is still on. Pierre Galla, the co-founder of Democracy.net, posted on social media that highly talked about third telco player wasn’t going to happen after all. The current chief of DICT, Eliseo Rio, said this couldn’t [...]

PLDT finally surrenders CURE frequency for 3rd telco

Posted on by Karlo Thumos in SMS in Government, SMS Industry

In compliance with a request from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), PLDT Inc. has officially surrendered one of its frequencies to the government. The surrendered frequency is to be allocated to a new player in the telecommunications industry. As per the directive from the NTC, PLDT is giving the frequency for free. The 10 MHz 3G frequency was previously allocated to [...]

House backs off from text tax bill

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

Following persistent public protest, the House of Representatives is now retreating from its plan to impose a five-centavo tax on text messages two weeks after approving it for plenary voting on Sept. 8. The panel agreed to conduct more hearings and approved the motion of Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez [...]

House approves five-centavo tax on text

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

The Ways and Means committee of the House of Representatives approved last Tuesday a bill proposing to collect a five-centavo excise tax for every text message sent. Antique Rep. Exequiel Javier said the committee agreed to a proposed tax on text without the "no pass-on provision" being insisted by Ilocos Sur Rep.  [...]

Tax on text messaging scrapped

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

Malacanang has finally decided that it will not pursue a new tax on text messaging. The government was forced to abandon its plans to impose a tax on text messages due to an SMS revolt led by TxtPower yesterday. TxtPower called on all Filipino texters to send the text message, NO TO TEXT TAX! directly [...]