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Expiring telecom, broadcast permits extended until December

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has extended the validity of all existing telecom and broadcast permits, certificates and licenses until end-December amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“All existing permits, certificates and licenses, to operate radio communications equipment, networks and facilities, public (telecom), broadcast, government or private, in various radio services, expiring in the current year shall remain valid and may be renewed on or before the last working day of December 2020 without penalties or surcharges,” NTC said in a memorandum circular.

NTC cited mobility issues, particularly in areas under enhanced or general community quarantine, as the reason for the extension.

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications, through its legal and regulatory team, worked with the NTC to ensure that Philippine operators have enough time to secure their renewals amid the health crisis.

“Hand-in-hand with the government, we will be able to surmount the challenges presented by COVID-19 and continue improving communications services for Filipinos nationwide,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, chief revenue officer of PLDT and president and CEO of Smart.

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