The Philippines’ telecoms regulator the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has said that Bayan Telecommunications (BayanTel), the telecoms arm of the Lopez Group, can reduce its international and domestic long-distance call rates for users of its SPAN service in provinces in Davao, Tacloban and General Santos cities. The lower rates have already been implemented and will run until 15 November.
SPAN is a limited mobility fixed line service utilising code division multiple access (CDMA) technology. For a fixed monthly charge, BayanTel customers can get access to a suite of value added services such as text messaging. As well as the above mentioned cities, SPAN is available in selected parts of Marikina and Manila. BayanTel says it is also hoping to deploy a range of wireless services that can deliver voice, data and internet access, such as widespread Wi-Fi hotspots and wide area wireless broadband.