Globe Telecom announced the local interconnection in Pangasinan between its landline service, Globelines, and PLDT has been commercially activated beginning July 1, enabling subscribers of both service providers to call each other without additional charges. The local interconnection between the two service providers will allow landline customers of both entities to realize substantial savings as they no longer have to pay for long distance charges when calling one another.
Prior to the commercial activation of the interconnection, landline customers of both Globelines and PLDT were charged with long distance rate when making phones to one another. With the commercial availability of the interconnection, Globe subscribers can simply dial the seven-digit telephone number to connect with PLDT and vice-versa.
Currently, Globe and PLDT are in talks for similar interconnection arrangements in Zambales, Misamis Occidental and Ilocos Norte. Discussions for such cooperation are in line with provisions for compulsory interconnection of authorized public telecommunications carriers under Republic Act 7925. The law aims to create a universally accessible and fully integrated nationwide telecommunications network to encourage more infrastructure investments from the private sector that would benefit the consumers.
So far, the two companies have existing interconnection in Metro Manila, Cavite, Iloilo, Capiz, Batangas, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Bohol, Leyte, Davao City, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zamboanga, Laguna, Quezon, La Union, Nueva Ecija, and Benguet, GenSan/South Cotabato , Tarlac and Davao del Norte. Aside from PLDT, Globe Telecom is open for discussions for potential interconnection arrangement with other local exchange carriers, Castelo added.