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Primary Contact

316 Mile Long Building

Amorsolo Street

Legaspi Village

Makati City

1200 Philippines

Telephone: (632) 8941441

TeleFax: (632) 8124296

e-mail: gtalaw@gtalawphil.com

 

Office Hours

9:30AM to 5:30PM PH Time

Monday - Friday

 

www.gtalawphil.com

       

Overview of our Practice    

 

Guzman Taņedo & Acain has represented numerous clients and industry leaders in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East as well as startup companies in every facet of the Telecommunications & ICT field. The services that we usually provide are as follows:  Business Formation and Incorporation, Ownership and Protection of Investments, NTC Licensing and Registration for Wired and Wireless Infrastructure, Wifi, WIMAX, MAN, VoiP and other Value Added Services, Franchising and Acquisition.

 

Our Competitive Advantage

 

Reliability. We are committed to excellence and integrity of the legal profession. Client success is very important us. Our primary concern is to provide results oriented and cost-effective legal services.

 

Competency. Our lawyers have deeper knowledge, skills and experience about Philippine Law. We prefer using innovative solutions to legal problems as opposed to traditional methods.

 

Accessibility. Our office is located in the heart of Makati City, Philippines. We are using a high-technology Law Office infrastructure that would make us easily accessible to our clients. Our extranet services keep our clients fully informed about the status of their cases.

 

Overview of  the Philippine Telecommunications

& ICT Industry

 

Telecommunications is classified as a public utility. Under the Philippine Constitution, foreign ownership of a public utility business is only limited up the maximum of forty percent (40%). The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is the Philippine government agency which regulates the operation of telecommunications business. At present, there are ten (10) registered Telecommunications players in the Philippines such as Bayan Telecommunications Inc., Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc., Eastern Telecommunications Philippines, Inc., Express Telecommunications Co, Inc., Globe Telecom, Inc., Philippines Global Communications, Inc, Pilipino Telephone Co., Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., Philippine Telegraph And Telephone Corp., and Smart Communications, Inc. Among the ten, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. is regarded as the most dominant.

Value Added Service (VAS) - As per broad definition under the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines (RA 7925), VAS is an entity which relying on the transmission, switching and local distribution facilities of the local exchange and  inter-exchange operators, and overseas carriers, offers enhanced services beyond those ordinarily provided for by such carriers. Non-Public Telecommunications Entity (PTE) offering VAS does not need a franchise to operate but they are required to register with the NTC for proper monitoring, provided further they will not setup their own network infrastructure. VAS providers should also be at least 60% Filipino owned pursuant to the new NTC Guidelines for registration of VAS providers.

 

Voice Over Internet Protocol (Voip) - Voip business is now classified by the NTC as a Value Added Service. However, since Voip falls under the broad definition of Telecommunications, foreign ownership of a Voip Service Provider business is limited up to the maximum of 40%. It is also required that Voip Resellers should be at least 60% Filipino owned pursuant to NTC Memorandum Circular No. 3-11-2005.

 

Information & Communications Technology (ICT) - Services that are in-line with ICT also fall within the investment priorities plan of the government. ICT Services and activities include all types of software development, all Outsourcing services that are channeled through ICT Infrastructure, all ICT activities research and incubation. 100% Foreign ownership of an ICT services and activities is also allowed.

 

Contact Us

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You're invited to call us to discuss your company's Telecoms and ICT concerns. We shall be glad to talk with you over the telephone, or in our office or yours, whichever is easiest for you. You can also e-mail us at gtalaw@gtalawphil.com and we shall get back to you immediately.

 

GUZMAN TAŅEDO & ACAIN

Mile Long Building 316

Legaspi Village

Amorsolo Street

Makati City

Telephone: 8941441

TeleFax: 8124296

e-mail: gtalaw@gtalawphil.com 

 

 

       
          Practice News  
         

05.03.2006

ICT Group to add 500 more seats to Philippine operations

 

04. 24.2006

Digitel earmarks $200M for cell sites

 

04.19.2006

GlobeQuest expands Wi-Fi reach

 

04.11.2006

PLDT taps Transpacific Broadcast for VoIP in Asia
 

03.29.2006

NTC classifies Voip as Value Added Service.

 

 

 

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