High time to stop duopoly of Smart and Globe – Senator JV – Update Philippines

Senator JV Ejercito wants to get the commitment of Smart Communications to improve and upgrade its services for the next five to ten years. The senator also said it is high time for a third telecommunications company in the Philippines, which will end the duopoly of giants Smart Communications and Globe Telecom.

“We are all being shortchanged with what we pay. Think of it, if we are affected, how much more the kasambahays and laborers who invest their hard-earned money to buy cellphone load? It’s their only way to unwind and to communicate with their loved ones. And what do they get in return? Load overcharging, poor signal, and slow internet,” Ejercito said.

“It is also high time that we put a stop on the duopoly of Smart and Globe in the telecommunications industry. We should let in a third player to encourage competition and to avoid possible collusion in expensive cellphone services,” he added.

He made statement in relation to Senate Bill No. 1302, authored by Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, which seeks to extend Smart’s franchise for another 25 years.

Ejercito said it is the legislators’ duty to voice out these complaints by millions of subscribers. “Otherwise, if we just approve Smart’s franchise without raising these issues, we will continue to avail poor services,” he said.

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