Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. on Monday rejected the claim of the Department of Information and Communications Technology that it ceased operations due to its rehabilitation status.
“The intent of going through a rehabilitation is not to stop operations, but rather continue to operate in view of getting better. PT&T’s operation has been continuous even during the rehabilitation,” PT&T president and chief executive James Velasquez said in a statement.
“PT&T will continue to look after what is good for the Philippine telecommunications industry,” he added.
PT&T ceased operating local telephone services and shifted to serving broadband internet services without interruption in its assigned region, as well as in National Capital Region and Central Luzon, using its available fiber plant in place.
“The fast moving change in the telecom industry from legacy switched services to IP driven services that can deliver voice, data, and video all in the same facility has made it imperative for PT&T to change its business and operating platform. This is a fact that DICT/NTC missed or simply ignored,” Jose Luis Santiago, chairman, Retelcom Holdings of the PT&T Group, said.