EasyCall Communications, a Filipino telecoms company which started life offering paging services but later migrated to internet service provision, says it is considering offering value added services (VAS) via satellite internet. In a filing to the country’s stock exchange the operator said it had agreed to hold talks with Japan Satellite concerning a possible joint venture to use satellite connectivity to provide web-based VAS. EasyCall says the new VAS could operate over ‘C-band frequencies or such other frequencies as may be determined by the National Telecommunications Commission initially for its current and internal customers.’
In a related development, the board of EasyCall also approved Global e-Business Solutions Inc’s (GeBSI’s) request to sell 38% of its holdings in EasyCall to Star Asia Technologies. No financial details of the transaction were disclosed. Philippines-based GeBSI currently owns 90.2% of EasyCall.