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Bayan Muna asks SC to compel telcos to refund P18-B 'excess' text fee

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

The petition covers Globe Telecom, Smart Communications Incorporated, and Digitel Philippines Incorporated, which is the operating company of Sun Cellular

INTERVENTION. Bayan Muna wants the Supreme Court to intervene and green light the refund order against telecommunication companies.

Give NTC 'more teeth' for better Nat'l Broadband Plan – PCC

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

How can the Philippines have cheaper and better internet? Here are recommendations from the Philippine Competition Commission

DICT chief: No need to auction off unused frequencies

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima says there will be no public bidding for the recalled radio frequencies unless President Rodrigo Duterte orders otherwise

PUBLIC SERVICE, NOT REVENUE. DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima opts a complete reversal of National Telecommunication Commission's planned auction; says his department does not exist for revenue. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

LIVE: The Philippine Telecommunications Summit 2017

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Watch the telco summit live on Rappler

Chinese telcos, U.S. tech firm eye entering PH telco market

Feb 15, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Representatives of the foreign players have visited the National Telecommunications Commission headquarters to inquire about its planned spectrum auction seen to entice a 3rd major telco player

WANTED: TELCO PLAYER. NTC is planning the auction to entice a 3rd major player into the country's telecommunications sector, challenging PLDT and Globe Telecom Incorporated, which have been under fire for costly and slow Internet services. Rappler file photo

No cellphone signals in parts of Iloilo City during Dinagyang Festival

Jan 21, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Organizers of the festival have earlier requested the shutdown of cellular signals for a peaceful and orderly celebration of the Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang file photo from Wikipedia

Bill to reform PH telco industry eyed by 2017

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Putting more teeth into the National Telecommunications Commission and amending foreign ownership rules are among the reforms being eyed

BADLY-NEEDED REFORMS. Putting more teeth into the NTC and allowing foreign players to operate here without the 40% ownership restriction are among the reforms eyed to be tackled in the bill, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. Photo of Gatchalian from www.wingatchalian.com

PLDT, Globe reduce interconnection voice calls to P2.50

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:01 AM

UPDATED With the reduced interconnection rates the NTC expects retail rates for voice calls to be lowered by about P1 per minute

LOWER VOICE RATES. This was announced a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement for telcos to lower rates or improve services or he will open the markets to foreign players. Rappler file photo

NTC sets auction for 3rd telco frequencies in 2017

Nov 10, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Among the companies interested to bid are Dennis Uy s Converge ICT Solutions Incorporated and Mel Velarde s Now Telecom

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to a telco impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services. Rappler file photo

Senate bill seeks to ban expiration of prepaid, e-load

Aug 20, 2016 - 12:48 PM

The measure seeks to protect consumers against deceptive unfair and unconscionable sales act and practices by telcos

NO EXPIRATION. A Senate bill seeks to prohibit expiration dates on prepaid load both for mobile and landlines.

Gov’t says 911 hotline charges to stay during transition period

Jul 29, 2016 - 8:43 PM

While the President wants 911 emergency calls to be free the DILG says fees would be charged during the transition period to the new system

PLDT, Smart commit 3-year network rollout to NTC

Jul 25, 2016 - 12:35 AM

According to the network rollout plan Smart is rapidly expanding both the coverage and capacity of its LTE service

NETWORK COMMITMENT. PLDT, Smart submit 3-year network rollout planto NTC. In photo, PLDT Regulatory Head Ray Espinosa (6th from left) and PLDT-Smart Chief Technology and Information Advisor Joachim Horn (2nd from left) present copies of the plan to NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba (3rd from left). Photo from Smart Communications

Duterte retains Arroyo appointee Cordoba as NTC chief

Jul 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Lawyer Gamaliel Cordoba has held the position of National Telecommunications Commission chief since he was appointed by former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2009

File photo of Gamaliel Cordoba (left, in barong) from Senate website

PH gov't loses P250M yearly with embargo of 700MHz – Globe

Apr 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Existing operators and new entrants are drawn to the 700 MHz frequency band to unlock the growth potential in the Philippines relatively unsophisticated market

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL. The 700 MHz band is key for expanding mobile broadband into the outlying islands and rural provinces in the Philippines. Image from Shutterstock

The future of 700 MHz band remains unclear

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:43 PM

The future of the prized 700 megahertz frequency remains unclear with 3 of the country s largest corporations exhausting all means to get hold of the band

IN LIMBO. Until now, NTC has not responded to Globe's and PLDT's requests, leaving the two companies in limbo

Biz groups, think tanks weigh in: How can PH broadband improve?

Feb 24, 2016 - 7:47 PM

Proposed solutions to fix low quality broadband include amending laws and leveling the playing field

SIGNIFICANT TO COMMERCE. A better Internet connectivity plays a significant role in commerce, education, and tourism,the Philippine Chamber of Commerce Incorporated says. Photo from Arangkada Philippines Twitter account

NTC to set minimum advertised speed for mobile broadband

Jan 12, 2016 - 9:24 PM

The regulator also plans to start testing Internet speeds in mobile devices before elections in May

PLDT eyes legal action vs NTC director

Dec 01, 2015 - 8:05 PM

PLDT says NTC Director Edgardo Cabarios made misleading statements in favor of San Miguel

RIVALRY ON FREQUENCY BANDS. PLDT says NTC's Cabarios statements confuse local and foreign investors who have been closely following developments in the Philippine telecommunication sector.

Globe, Huawei enter 5-year partnership for mobile network

Nov 25, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Globe says the partnership with Huawei will extend towards capacity expansion of the telco s 3G and 4G network

NETWORK EXPANSION. Globe's Ernest Cu says the partnership will deliver "a more robust mobile network as well as innovative market-driven solutions to help hopefully ensure the company’s success in growing the mobile market"

Globe, PLDT: No signal loss due to APEC 2015 unless...

Nov 16, 2015 - 1:35 PM

The 2 telcos react to posts circulating on social media

NTC DIRECTIVE. Globe says only the regulator National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) makes the official announcement on telco service disruptions

Manila students welcome Lumads

Nov 05, 2015 - 12:46 AM

The killings have intensified in 2015 claiming 13 lives as of September 1 activists say

Globe launches own 1-Gbps broadband offering for P9,499

Oct 22, 2015 - 8:32 PM

The Platinum Broadband Plans at minimum P2 499 53 71 for speeds of up to 50 Mbps are initially available on October 24 and in select areas only

UPGRADED. Globe says that with its new Platinum Broadband Plans, home broadband customers can enjoy a broadband plan with Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps at Plan P9,499 ($204.15).

PLDT launches PH's fastest broadband yet

Oct 20, 2015 - 7:04 PM

2ND UPDATE PLDT tests its new fixed broadband plan with advertised speed of 1 Gigabit per second

FIRST GIGABIT. PLDT introduces the first Gigabit plan in the country under its fixed broadband service, PLDT Home Fibr.

#AlDub intensifies network wars, boosts brands' sales

Oct 07, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza s budding romance on screen has posted through the roof ratings for 36 year old show Eat Bulaga and has been a boon for McDonald s Philippines and TNT

SPREADS MAGIC. From food to mobile phone endorsements, almost every company is gunning for the nationwide favorite #AlDub

GMA: ABS-CBN TVPlus complaints not related to Eat Bulaga signal loss

Oct 02, 2015 - 1:03 PM

GMA Network is hopeful that public attention is not diverted from the alleged signal disruptions on SkyCable during the airing of Eat Bulaga which carries the popular AlDub segment

THIRD COMPLAINT. Meanwhile, GMA files with the NTC its third batch of complaints regarding alleged signal loss during or before the airing of noontime show Eat Bulaga, which carries the popular #AlDub segment.

ABS-CBN to NTC: Require GMA to explain own digital TV signal loss

Sep 29, 2015 - 5:12 PM

This is in response to 5 complaints filed against ABS CBN for allegedly disrupting the reception of GMA’s highly rated noontime show Eat Bulaga

FIRES BACK. ABS-CBN says Eat Bulaga signal disruption complaints of GMA "has nothing to do with the signal loss"

GMA files 2nd complaint vs SkyCable on Eat Bulaga signal loss

Sep 22, 2015 - 3:55 PM

UPDATED The ABS CBN pay TV subsidiary meanwhile takes strong exception to GMA s claim that signal interruption is confined only to the network

2ND COMPLAINT. GMA Network says the seeming similarity in the reports indicate that they are not isolated cases

NTC website defaced over unreliable Internet service

Sep 20, 2015 - 4:48 PM

The hackers say they acted in solidarity with Philippine Internet users who deal with the unreliable service of Internet Service Providers ISPs

NTC DEFACED. Screen shot of ntc.gov.ph website.

Bayantel shows slowest fixed broadband speed in NTC test

Sep 18, 2015 - 5:57 PM

NTC data show that Bayantel registered the slowest speed of 563 kilobits per second kbps for a fixed broadband service advertised with up to 2 mbps megabits per second downstream

STARTS TESTING. The Philippines conducts initial testing for its recently implemented minimum advertised speed for fixed broadband services. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz / Rappler

Rules on mobile broadband's advertised speed out by November

Sep 16, 2015 - 8:22 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission is looking at a minimum advertised speed that is slower than fixed broadband s 256 kbps for mobile broadband services

FEEDBACK. NTC officials hear inputs from the private sector, industry groups, and civil society organizations regarding the circular on mobile broadband services. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz / Rappler

NTC to start testing telcos' fixed broadband speed

Sep 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Starting next week the National Telecommunications Commission will monitor if Internet service providers are complying with new rules on minimum broadband speed

BROADBAND TESTING. By definition, ISPs will not be able to say they provide broadband unless they give consumers at least 256 kbps. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Villar to NTC: Persuade telcos to help protect public vs text scams

Sep 03, 2015 - 3:49 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she will file a bill seeking the mandatory registration of prepaid SIM cards

SCAMMED. Senator Cynthia Villar says she has been a victim of text scams. File photo by Rappler

ICT on upswing but PH still has costliest, slowest Internet

Aug 29, 2015 - 7:30 PM

The newly implemented minimum broadband speed for fixed line services is a step closer to solving the country’s Internet woes says research firm International Data Corporation

A STEP AWAY. While some technology lobbyists argue that a minimum broadband speed of 256 kbps is still too low, IDC says that this is already a move toward better Internet services

GMA to SkyCable: Refute Eat Bulaga signal loss complaint

Aug 29, 2015 - 12:36 PM

GMA Network says its complaint is based on numerous feedback from viewers of noontime show Eat Bulaga which runs the popular AlDub segment

'PROVE US WRONG'. Instead of calling the complaint baseless, GMA Network wants SkyCable to prove that it has not shortchanged its subscribers

GMA complaint on Eat Bulaga signal loss 'malicious, baseless' – SkyCable

Aug 28, 2015 - 11:44 AM

ABS CBN’s SkyCable says it is willing to cooperate with NTC over GMA Network s complaint regarding Eat Bulaga which runs the popular AlDub segment

"MALICIOUS". SkyCable says complaint of GMA Network with the NTC regarding shortchanging subscribers "is a malicious accusation and is without basis"

NTC eyes new rules on minimum speed for mobile broadband

Aug 18, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission is targeting the promulgation of the new rules by November

Bangkok blast, Poe-Roxas talks, PH internet | 12PM wRap

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:47 PM

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New Internet speed minimum throwback to '90s?

Aug 18, 2015 - 11:25 AM

The Philippine government sets the minimum Internet speed at 256 kilobits per second But tech groups say this is hardly a broadband experience

POSITIVE. The development from NTC could benefit subscribers who are not experiencing the speed promised when they signed up for their broadband plans, which cost them wasted time and money.

Globe hikes Bayantel stake, buys out Lopez group

Jul 21, 2015 - 4:49 PM

Globe Telecom Incorporated will secure 98 57 stake in Bayan Telecommunications Incorporated once the buyout is done

Downsizing workforce inevitable as PH TV surfs the digital wave

Jul 05, 2015 - 4:23 PM

Part 2: TV networks are forced to downsize its workforce as it spends more toward digitalization of its operations

DOUBLE-EDGED DIGITIZATION. Most TV networks in the Philippines are forced to downsize their workforce and spend more to stay afloat in today's digital wave

PH telcos, TV networks ride double-edged digital wave

Jul 04, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Part 1: The digital shift is forcing local telcos and TV companies to spend more lay off people and redefine their business model

DIGITAL WAVE. There is no time to lose for the telco and media industries, as technology change accelerates significantly and new digital platforms and devices are emerging, IDC says. Image by Shutterstock

NTC okays Globe takeover of Bayantel

Jul 04, 2015 - 8:15 AM

NTC approves the joint application of Globe and Bayantel for a debt to equity transaction with the former taking 54 in the beleaguered telco firm

BSP warns the public versus text scams

May 13, 2015 - 6:28 PM

Apart from the central bank the Philippine Stock Exchange also warns the investing public against ‘too good to be true’ investment schemes

Cebu provincial board seeks probe into slow Internet

May 05, 2015 - 7:37 PM

Majority Floor Leader Arleigh Sitoy refutes the claim of telecommunication companies that complaints about slow Internet are isolated

NTC delays free disaster text alerts anew

Apr 14, 2015 - 9:36 PM

The National Telecommunications Commission NTC targets the signing of the IRR on the third week of April two months before the rainy season starts

Aquino aunt slams gov't over ballot stealing charges

Mar 20, 2015 - 10:59 AM

Margarita Tingting Cojuangco and 13 others face separate complaints filed by the Commission on Elections law department

Cardinal Tagle rejects calls for Aquino to quit

Mar 10, 2015 - 8:30 AM

We need to strengthen our institutions Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says as he urges Filipinos to wait for the next elections

'STRENGTHEN INSTITUTIONS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle rejects calls for President Benigno Aquino III to quit. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Bishops split on 'moral basis' for Aquino to quit

Feb 28, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma says the Catholic Church is not in the position to push the President to quit for it is beyond her competence

'MORAL BASIS.' Catholic bishops find themselves in a key position as critics urge the President to quit. In this file photo, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines holds its bi-annual plenary assembly in January 2014. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Will the free mobile disaster alerts law finally be implemented?

Feb 27, 2015 - 4:31 PM

A public hearing on the implementing rules and regulations of the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act was conducted on February 26 to discuss some issues surrounding the law

'Aquino quit' group: We have no leader, financier

Feb 27, 2015 - 3:38 PM

The National Transformation Council denies it is plotting a coup and says it s looking for a David to replace President Benigno Aquino III

ARROYO-LINKED. Norberto Gonzales (left) and Renato Corona (right), who both served under the Arroyo administration, belong to the National Transformation Council. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II