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Developer rapped over exclusive internet deal

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A company is facing charges over its in-house exclusive internet service provider (ISP) deal with residents.


The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) filed a case against Greenfield Developer Corp. and its subsidiary Leopard Connectivity Business Solutions Inc. as the company only allows its resiidents at Twin Oaks Place (TOP) in Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City to use the fixed-line internet services of Leopard Connectivity.


“As the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the PCC, the Enforcement Office alleged that Greenfield and Leopard abused their dominance as TOP’s property developer and fixed-line internet provider by preventing the entry of other ISPs to provide their services to residents and limiting the market to Leopard as sole ISP, in violation of the Philippine Competition Act,” the anti-trust body said.


The PCC added that without any competition in providing internet services at Twin Oaks Place, residents are forced to pay higher prices for slower speed and unreliable internet connection.


Based on PCC’s investigation, the Leopard’s Connectivity’s P2,699 per month for 20 Mbps plan could have fetched a faster internet speed of 50 to 75 Mbps from other providers.


For P3,500 a month, Leopard Connectivity can only provide 40 Mbps speed while the same price can provide a faster connection of 100 to 150 Mbps.

Photo by PNA


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