A report in the Malaya Business Insight quotes a Philippine Long Distance telephone Company (PLDT) official as saying that the National Telecommunication Commission is wrong in trying to recall the 3G licence awarded to Connectivity Unlimited resources enterprises (CURE) for its alleged failure to roll out its network, since the regulator has already approved a network sharing agreement between CURE and another PLDT unit, Smart Communication Inc. Ray Espinosa, PLDT board member and president of mediaQuest Inc, said that last year the NTC approved a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the two parties which allows CURE and Smart to share their 3G network facilities in the country.
Last month, the NTC warned CURE it may revoke its concession if it fails to launch commercial operations this year. CURE, acquired by PLDT’s Smart Communications mobile arm two years ago, was accused of only ‘lending’ its sister company the use of its radio spectrum, rather than buy its own equipment and launch its own services. At the time Douglas Michael N Malillin, the deputy commissioner of the NTC, said that ‘Under our rules there are five years allotted for the rollout of operations for 3G frequency holders. The first awarding was in [January 2006] so [the licensees] have until this year,’ to fulfil that task.