PLDT, Globe link up in Davao Oriental
MANILA, Philippines – PLDT Inc. has completed interconnection links with Globe Telecom Inc.’s landline services in Davao Oriental, a move which enables customers of both telcos in that area to make free local calls with each other.
Genaro Sanchez, PLDT vice president and head of international network and carrier business said the interconnection agreement covers PLDT and Globelines subscribers in the towns of Baganga, Boston, Caraga, Cateel, Gov. Generoso, Lupon, San Isidro, Tarragona, and Mati City.
“PLDT subscribers in Davao Oriental can now call their friends, family members, loved ones and business associates – regardless of their telco connection – toll-free anytime,” he said.
Before the interconnection links were set up, landline customers of both service providers were charged with long distance rates when making phone calls to each other.
Telco providers are working on interconnection of services in compliance with RA 7925 or the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines.
RA 7925 states interconnection among telecommunications carriers is necessary to have viable, efficient and reliable telco services.
For concerns and telecommunication requirements, subscribers can go to the PLDT-Philcom office in Davao Oriental.
“PLDT Philcom, like most PLDT offices all over the country, is implementing an expansion program using fiber to the home and the latest wireless technology. Areas in Davao Oriental will be covered by these expansion programs in the months to come and all these will be integrated to PLDT’s IP backbone network,” PLDT-Philcom general manager Augustus Caesar Cotelo said.
“The IP backbone runs on PLDT’s Domestic Fiber Optic Network, the most extensive fiber optics network in the country which is now over 140,000 kilometers long. It facilitates the direct transmission of the internet data to our gateway, providing fast and reliable internet experience to our subscribers,” he added.
Aside from customers from Davao Oriental, PLDT-Philcom will also be serving subscribers from the provinces of Compostela Valley, Agusan, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and parts of Davao del Norte.
Last year, PLDT was able to interconnect with Globelines in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Aklan and Bukidnon.
(The Philippine Star)