NTC extends validity of permits for telcos, broadcast firms until end-December
MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has extended the validity of all existing permits, certificates and licenses of telecommunication and broadcasting companies until the end of December.
In a memorandum issued July 29, it read that the extension of permits was due to “mobility limitation issues in many regions around the country” due to lockdown restrictions.
“All existing certificates, permits and licenses, to operate radio communications equipment, networks and facilities, public (telecom), broadcast, government or private, in various radio services, expiring in the current year shall remain valid and may be renewed on or before the last working day of December 2020 without penalties or surcharges,” the NTC said in the memorandum. “Thereafter, appropriate penalties or surcharges shall be imposed.”
“Public Telecommunications Entities may file/submit applications for renewal of permits and/or licenses at the NTC Central Office,” the NTC added.
“We appreciate this assistance provided by Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba and the NTC in dealing with these difficulties created by the pandemic,” PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart President and CEO Alfred Panlilio said in a statement of the commission’s memorandum.
“Hand-in-hand with the government, we will be able to surmount the challenges presented by COVID-19 and continue improving communications services for Filipinos nationwide,” he added.
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