Philippine bill would reclassify VoIP as value-added service: incumbents fear revenue pinch

The Philippine Congress is considering a new bill that would reclassify VoIP phone calls as value-added services rather than voice calls.Currently, only telecommunication firms with a franchise granted by the island nation's Congress can offer voice calls.

The Philippine Congress is considering a new bill that would reclassify VoIP phone calls as value-added services rather than voice calls.

Currently, only telecommunication firms with a franchise granted by the island nation's Congress can offer voice calls.

If House Bill 3476 goes through, and subsequent action by the nation's National Telecommunications Commissionfacilitates the reclassification, non-telecommunications Philippine firms would be to offer VoIP. This capability would likely to cut into the long-distance revenue of established phone companies.

Don't expect thePhilippine's established telecommunications industry to passively agree to the proposed changes.Not without a fight.

New technology providers against incumbent carriers? Sounds a lotlike the good ol' U.S.A.

Newsletters

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
See All
See All