Smart Communications Inc. said Wednesday DITO Telecommunity Corp.’s complaint of anti-competitive behavior with the Philippine Competition Commission is “baseless.”
Smart vice president for regulatory affairs Roy Ibay assured the PCC and the public the company was “not engaged in any act constituting abuse of dominant position or anti-competitive behavior against DITO.”
Ibay said DITO’s claim that its subscribers were not being allowed to interconnect with the Smart network was “simply false.”
“Smart and DITO have an existing interconnection agreement, which Smart continues to honor. DITO is now requesting for additional capacity, and has raised this via petition to the National Telecommunications Commission where it is pending. DITO’s filing of the PCC complaint on the same subject-matter is blatant forum-shopping,” he said.
DITO asked NTC for extra capacity for interconnection, citing congestion and overutilization of trunks.