NTC denies rumors on favorable decision on VoIP

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    NTC denies rumors on favorable decision on VoIP

    THE PHILIPPINES may still have to wait longer for telecommunication prices to go down while government decides on a regulation allowing voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to flourish in the country.

    Industry players have said that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is set to issue a ruling that would finally open the Philippine market to commercial VoIP protocol service providers.

    However, NTC chairman Ronald Solis flatly denied the rumors, adding that the agency is still working on a pending guideline regulating commercial VoIP services in the Philippines.

    Solis attended the public hearing of the House measure creating the Department of Information and Communications Technology Wednesday morning.

    “We’re currently working on the legal definition of VoIP in the Philippines, and the new guideline,” Solis said.

    Asked if the agency has already made a decision to allow commercial VoIP services to operate in the Philippines, he said: “No.”

    forthcoming decision to allow commercial VoIP services in the country was the reason behind the move by local telephone companies to begin offering huge discounts on its broadband Internet service, in particular the digital subscriber line.

    “This is why the telephone companies have launched promos to keep competition, particularly local Internet service providers, at bay. NTC is finally allowing VoIP to flourish in the country, which is favorable to local Internet service providers,” a source privy to the regulation talks said.

    The source said the NTC decision is a sign of the agency’s changing stance on future regulations on disruptive technologies such as VoIP.

    “NTC is now taking a more pro-consumer stance,” the source said.

    The current NTC guideline only allows “duly enfranchised and authorized public telecommunications entities (PTE)” to offer VoIP services in the country.

    The guidelines bar value-added services like Internet service providers from offering commercial VoIP services.

    VoIP is a technology for transmitting voice, such as ordinary telephone calls, over packet-switched data networks, such as the Internet, instead of over the public switched telephone networks.

    Posted 08:18pm (Mla time) Jan 19, 2005
    By Erwin Lemuel Oliva

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