Globe Telecom Inc. said on Friday the National Telecommunications Commission has no clear plans to re-distribute the 700 megahertz frequency to existing mobile operators despite the economic benefits to Filipino consumers.
Globe said the regulator “has not announced any timetable or plan to release the 700 MHz band to mobile operators, leaving the future of the band unclear.”
Globe and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. have asked the NTC for an equitable distribution of the 700 MHz spectrum.
Globe lawyer Froilan Castelo said giving active and operating telecommunications companies access to the 700 MHz spectrum would immediately release its socio-economic benefits especially insofar as consumer pricing is concerned.
“Harmonizing the 700 MHz spectrum will allow the industry to provide broadband and data services at faster speeds and in a more cost-efficient manner. This will ultimately redound to increased benefits for the consumers,” Castelo said.