Telco firms told to reduce regular SMS fee to P0.80

MANILA, Philippines - The National Telecommunications Commission asked mobile phone operators to reduce regular text messaging fee by at least P0.20 per text or from P1 to P0.80.

MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission asked mobile phone operators to reduce regular text messaging fee by at least P0.20 per text or from P1 to P0.80.

In a Nov. 9 letter to Smart Communications Inc., Globe Telecom Inc., and Digitel Telecommunications Philippines, Inc., the industry regulator said it has issued a circular reducing the cost for these firms to send text messages to one another.

The NTC prescribed the maximum Interconnection fee–the industry lingo for the amount paid by one cellular firm for every text message that passes through the network of another–to be reduced from P0.35 to P0.15 per text. This took effect last Nov 10.

NTC said the telco firms, in turn, has to impose the new interconnection charges by November 30.

However, unlimited SMS offering remains as it is. “Only regular text messaging fee which is about P1 will be covered by this MC. So, if one pays P1 for every text this should go down by at least P0.20 because of the MC,” said NTC director Edgardo Cabarios. – Move.PH