The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) via its Memorandum Circular 02-10-2011 asked the three local telcos to lower the short messaging service (SMS) rate from the standard PhP1.00 to 80 centavos effective today, November 30, 2011.
According to the NTC deputy commissioner Delilah Deles, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular furnished NTC a letter to inform them that they are following the circular.
The said circular also directed the local telcos to ‘provide interconnection links or circuits required to efficiently and effectively handle their respective SMS traffic.’
The circular, as per NTC, is in line with the provision found in Republic Act 7925, the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines. RA7925 ‘seeks the establishment of fair and reasonable interconnection among public operators and other telecommunications services providers at reasonable and fair cost.’