Globe Telecom announced that it has received approval for the joint use by Globe and Bayan Telecommunications Inc. (BTI) of the frequencies 1750-1760MHz/1845-1855MHz assigned to Bayantel. Atty. Froilan M. Castelo, Head of Globe Corporate and Legal Services Group said, “We are pleased with the decision of the NTC and rely on the validity and legality of the NTC order with regard to the joint use agreement with Bayantel.”
Reacting to the statement issued by Smart Communications on the NTC decision, Castelo stated, “If Smart has taken that position, then it should have opposed the move of Bayantel for an extension of their license to provide CMTS services last year. The NTC decision granting the motion of Bayantel was also issued last year and has become final, executory and unappealable. Bayantel is currently under rehabilitation and the rehabilitation court has ordered the preservation of all assets and privileges of Bayantel including its spectrum. This is the reason why the NTC cannot validly recall their spectrum assets.”
“Separately, we cannot comment on Smart’s complaint on Altimax because the same is still under deliberation with the NTC and therefore subject to sub judice rules,” added Castelo.
In its application to the NTC for approval, Globe cited that the joint use agreement will allow it to address increasing demand for voice, SMS and mobile data services, and for Bayantel to be able to offer mobile telecommunications services nationwide.