Government Sets Lower Call, Text Charges Between Telcos
According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) deputy commissioner, the corresponding memorandum circular on the order will be published Friday. The interconnection rates will be reduced from ₱2.50 to ₱0.50 per minute for voice and from ₱0.15 to ₱0.05 per SMS for text messaging services.
Lower interconnection rates could result in lower operation costs for telecommunication companies, making the business environment more attractive to a third telecommunications player. Meanwhile, lower interconnection rates may also result in lower telecom bills for consumers, even as more and more Filipinos are using online messenger apps to send messages and make calls instead of conventional methods.
According to the 2015 Global Mobile Consumer Survey, Facebook Messenger was the preferred messaging service with 94 percent of Filipinos surveyed choosing the service. However, only 39 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with their internet connection speed.