The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) mandated local mobile phone operators to reduce short message service (SMS) fees to at least P0.80 from the current P1, and refund its subscribers the P0.20 difference. The NTC said this is only a follow up to its November 2011 circular mandating the companies to reduce by P0.20 their interconnection charges, a key component of the fee charged for every SMS sent. Industry giants Smart Telecommunications and Globe Telecoms contested the 2011 order to reduce SMS fees even if they already complied with the interconnection charges. Globe stressed the industry is deregulation and NTC cannot just impose the retail price.
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