Public forum on the PLDT/Smart – Digitel Sun Cellular Purchase

Greetings of solidarity!

It cannot be denied that the country’s telecommunications sector continues one of the most dynamic in the Philippine economy. Aside from being immensely profitable, it is one of the sectors in which citizens and consumers, who comprise a market which covers more than 90% of the population, have very personal stakes, for who does not have a mobile phone in this age of information and communications.

The recent blockbuster PhP 74.1 Billion agreement between PLDT and Digitel which paved the way for the market leader to absorb the #3 mobile operator has sent tremors around and beyond the industry. Was this an instance of the Market disciplining itself through consolidation? Or was this an instance of significant market players exhibiting monopolistic behavior in a way which would disadvantage consumers now or in the future? What, if any, should be the role of government as regulator in this and similar instances? What will be the effect on consumer services in particular and the public interest in general?

These are some of the questions that are to be raised in a Public Forum entitled: “The PLDT-Digitel Deal and Beyond: Public Interest Implications and Alternatives”, to be held on Monday, 11 April 2011 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Case Room of the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG), Diliman Quezon City.

We are inviting telecom players, government representatives, researchers and academics, as well as civil society organizations to discuss and debate the merits and implications of this landmark deal in this forum organized by the Foundation for Media Alternatives, the Philippine ICT Researchers Network, Philippine Cyberparty, and TxtPower.

See Facebook page for more details.

Cocoy Dayao

Cocoy is the Chief Technology Officer of Lab Rats Technica, a Digital Consulting company that specialises in DevOps, iOS, and Web Apps, E-Commerce sites, Cybersecurity and Social Media consulting. He is a technology enthusiast, political junkie and social observer who enjoys a good cup of coffee, comic books, and tweets as @cocoy on twitter.

Cocoy is also the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of the ProPinoy Project.

Cocoy considers himself to be Liberal.

  • Mrcl_bahinting

    PLDT is the absolute player. They never solve the problem of
    the customers regarding their land line plus product. They have been telling a
    lot of lies saying that we can provide you the answer the next day, when you
    call the next day; they give the same recorded answer, the next day, in fact it
    is their permanent line and we the customers are paying the monthly bill. Plus,here
    is the  worst thing they did: they are
    still selling the same product to different outlet, to get money and victims of
    their “ass hole” product. That is plainly cheating people and the
    people’s pocket. PLDT, If you still exist, or if you are about to get bankrupt,
    that is not a better way to get money. You should have done something
    dignified. Please stop with you landline plus product, it really doesn’t work;
    only your monthly bill is working earlier, prior to collecting our unpaid