Pay up! Ernest Cu asks NTC to fine Dennis Uy’s DITO P622M for breach of interconnection rules

Globe Telecom Inc. has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to compel DITO Telecommunity of Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy to pay P622 million in penalties for violation of their network interconnection agreements.

According to the Ayala-led telco, the penalties covering the period July 2021 to July this year stemmed from fraudulent calls placed through DITO’s network to Globe which bypassed proper voice traffic channels.

The penalty has ballooned due to DITO’s refusal to compensate Globe.

Globe said an average of 1,000 fraudulent calls– identified as international in origin but masked as local calls– were allowed to pass through DITO’s network to Globe users every day, in violation of the interconnection rules.

“Zero or no bypass traffic has been allowed to pass from Globe to DITO due to its advanced monitoring systems and sophisticated network protection from illegal calls,” Globe said.

Globe also asked NTC to authorize its temporary disconnection of interconnection trunk lines with DITO until the latter has “taken positive and concrete steps to stop all illegal bypass operations emanating from its network” and paid all its outstanding liabilities to Globe for fraudulent calls.”

To date, fraudulent traffic continues despite DITO’s assurance that it has improved its fraud management system capability to block illegal calls.

DITO’s twin failures to check these bypass activities and pay Globe what it is justly due have worked on a continuing serious prejudice against Globe. ..Moreover, these unabated illegal activities have placed the interconnection trunks at serious risk of abuse and the resultant undue congestion of the network, to the detriment of the subscribers,” Globe said.

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