Tuesday 23 October
Powered by Ajaxy
Feb 21, 2018 @ 18:58

‘NTC to blame for vanishing prepaid load’


The regulator should employ “political will” to force telecommunications firms to get their act together.

Politikos forced the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to force Smart and Globe to provide a longer life for prepaid load credits.

Members of the House of Representatives quizzed authorities about vanishing and expiring phone load.

“In 2016, telco fi­gures show that there are roughly 128 million mobile phone subscriptions in the country, 95 percent of which are prepaid service users… However, Telcos prey on prepaid load subscribers by setting an expiration for the same. This practice forces subscribers to consume the load or risk of having it expire and be left with nothing,” said Tarlac Rep. Victor Yap.

It turns out that the NTC actually had an existing rule dating back 2009 that sets a minimum validity period for phone load, but has not been strongly enforced.

A December 2017 order also set a minimum one-year expiry for phone load starting January, but the two telco players pleaded for a June 2018 effectivity given some “technical issues,” according to an Abante report.

Instead, Yap said NTC should exercise “political will” to make these telco giants follow.

Please follow and like us:

Tags: , , , , , ,

Related Stories
Conglomerate Ayala Corp. said its first semester profit rise seven percent to P16.1 billion as
Telecommunications firm Globe Telecom announced that it is in the process of incorporating an independent
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is eyeing the selection of the third
Telecommunications giant PLDT Inc. plans to secure $400 million in loans from local banks to


Trending News

Recommended on sister sites

Copyright © 2018 Bilyonaryo - Latest news on the richest Filipinos and Family Business.