- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure which removes the interconnection fees
- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said that this allows subscribers to text and call to other networks without extra charges
- Gatchalian said that service providers can shoulder the interconnection charges easily
President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed into law the Mobile Number Portability Act. KAMI learned that under the new law, subscribers will no longer have to pay for extra charges when sending text messages and calling to other networks.
In a report by CNN Philippines, the primary author of the law, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, has clarified the details about the new measure.
"Ibig sabihin kahit tumawag ka sa Globe, Smart o doon sa third telco, wala na silang sisingilin na interconnection fees sa text at sa tawag," Gatchalian said.
According to the senator, it was Sen. Panfilo Lacson who introduced this amendment in the new measure. Lacson pointed out earlier that the subscribers will not be benefiting from the new law which allows subscribers to transfer to a new service provider and retain their number free of charge when they still have to pay for interconnection fees.
Gatchalian said that the service providers can shoulder the interconnection fees because it only accounts for a small portion in their income.
The National Telecommunications Commission has currently set the interconnection charges at P.05 per text message and P.05 per minute of calls.
As previously reported by KAMI, President Duterte signed the Mobile Number Portability Act on February 8. The said law allows “qualified subscribers” to retain their cellular phone numbers for good even though they change their service provider. The process is free of charge and should not take more than 48 hours.
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