With the combined efforts of the United States’ Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, it looks like that the AT&T – T-Mobile acquisition is about to fall apart. The deal would have given AT&T 41% of the U.S. wireless subscriber market. This “break-up” occurs just a few weeks after the Philippine telecom regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission, approves the acquisition of Digitel by PLDT, a deal granting the latter over 70% of the country’s mobile market with minimal pro-competition conditions. Obviously, the behavior of the United States indicates that it values the concept of competition to better serve its consumers. In the Philippines, this concept is thrown out the window. Read the rest of this entry »

This decade bears witness to what appears to be the dawn of a new wireless age. But have we ever wondered what makes it possible for us to communicate without wires? How are we able to post a status message, check our email, and chat with a friend while in the MRT? How do signal towers, wireless routers, smart phones, and laptops enable us to communicate? To arrive at the answers to these questions, we can begin by understanding what spectrum is and why Smart and Globe are fighting tooth and nail over it. Read the rest of this entry »

Lost in the din perhaps of the raging issues regarding mobile communication services in the country is yet another telco battleground that is equally important to millions of Filipinos– internet services. You are probably one of countless Filipino consumers who have encountered unreliable and slow internet connection and one of the possible reasons for these problems is the fact that our service providers are not “peered”. Read the rest of this entry »

The PLDT-Digitel Telconopoly: A Consumer Advocate’s Perspective

Your Excellency:

Every single Filipino, whether he or she knows it, longs for telecom competition. As proof, one need only observe the frequency of dropped calls, our internet speeds, the absence of consumer choice, and the quality and high costs of mobile services. May ‘unli-’ nga, pangit naman ang serbisyo. Read the rest of this entry »

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