Globe, PLDT interconnect landlines in Tarlac

Telecom rivals Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT have commercially activated their landline interconnection in Tarlac to allow their subscribers call each other locally within the province. The move will result in savings for both companies’ landline customers in Tarlac, since they will no longer need to pay for long distance charges when calling the other network. “This shows that despite being competitors, major players like Globe and PLDT can still provide cooperation, coordination and support towards affording more people greater access to telecommunications,” said attorney and Globe Corporate and Legal Services Group head Froilan M. Castelo. However, Republic Act No. 7925 requires authorized public telecommunications carriers to interconnect to create a universally accessible and integrated nationwide network to encourage more infrastructure investments from the private sector that would benefit consumers. — BM, GMA News