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MANILA - ABS-CBN Corporation has deferred the launch of its mobile phone service because of "system issues." 

"We are hoping to launch it this year. There are just two months left, its either November or December, if we are able to fix some system issues. We are a bit behind," Aldrin Cerrado, ABS-CBN chief financial officer said last week. 

Cerrado said the launch of the mobile phone service was supposed to happen this month. 

He said the problem has nothing to do with Globe Telecom's network. 

Earlier, ABS-CBN Convergence Inc (ABS-C) signed a network sharing agreement with Globe. Under their agreement, Globe will provide the mobile platform through which ABS-CBN can deliver its media content. Both parties may also share assets such as servers, towers and switches.

"It’s just a matter of making sure that all our support system is ready to support our service. We are making sure that our subscribers will be happy. We are just fixing our supplier of SIMs,” Cerrado said, referring to subscriber identification modules.

“So, once it is out in the market, we want to make sure that we are able to service the Philippines nationwide. We don't want to be present only in Manila," he said.

ABS-CBN chairman Eugenio Lopez III had said the company will invest P2 billion to P3 billion to roll out its mobile services over the next three years.

He said the network will launch ABS-CBN Mobile SIM so subscribers can access content for free.

The National Telecommunications Commission had approved the petition of Globe, its unit Innove Communications Inc and ABS-C for a network sharing agreement and co-use of SIM numbers.

The SIM provides a unique number assigned to a telecom subscriber, distinguishing them from others on the network.

ABS-C will use these number blocks assigned to Globe: 0937-1XXXXXX, 0937-2XXXXXXX and 0937-3XXXXXX.

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