Philippine lawmakers question 3G licensing

Some members of Philippine Congress declared that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) violated the law when it awarded licenses to four telecommunication companies to operate third-generation or 3G mobile services in the country.

In a hearing Tuesday, members of the House committees on Oversight, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) said the NTC violated Section 15 of Republic Act 7925 (or the Public Telecommunications Act of the Philippines) when it awarded 3G licenses without bidding and for failing to place a monetary value on the available frequency spectrum.

The committees are currently conducting hearings on two Lower House resolutions calling for an investigation and nullification of NTC's awarding of the 3G licenses.