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NTC to KBP: No more airing of Shanti Dope's 'Amatz'

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The PDEA earlier said the song 'may mislead the innocent youth into thinking that the effects of illegal drug use to be harmless'

BANNED. The NTC wants KBP to make sure its members stop airing Shanti Dope's song 'Amatz.' Screenshot from the Amatz music video

Telcos ordered to unlock phones for free after contract ends

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Customers can soon ask telcos to unlock postpaid phones for free once the lock-in period is over

Gov't orders phone signal shutdown for Ati-Atihan on January 20

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Mobile users will not be apple to call or text starting 6 am on Sunday, January 20, as government orders the shutdown of network signal to secure Ati-Atihan

ATI-ATIHAN. Thousands of dancers and drummers join the Ati-Atihan contest on January 19, 2018. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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DICT orders NTC to make phones unlockable after initial lock-in period

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The memorandum order provides telco subscribers with the option to switch among compatible service providers after initial lock-in period has been completed

NTC junks motions of Sear, PT&T for 3rd telco bid

Nov 13, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Sear and PT&T can still appeal the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission, but with a price tag of P10 million per appeal

FAST FACTS: 3rd telco player selection rules

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Here are the requirements for companies vying for the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player slot

LIVE: Bidding for the 3rd major telco slot

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The bids for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot will be opened on Wednesday, November 7

NOW Telecom loses bid vs contentious 3rd telco provisions

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The Manila Regional Trial Court says NOW Telecom may have caused its own request to become moot since it said it still wants to join the bidding for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot

PT&T calls 3rd telco criteria 'unfair,' files petition vs NTC

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:20 PM

PT&T questions the National Telecommunications Commission's interpretation of 'national-scale' operations, saying it favors foreign companies

SC asked to stop Globe, Smart's use of 700 MHz frequency

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The petitioners ask the Supreme Court to make the frequency available for other telecommunications companies

INTERVENTION ASKED. The Supreme Court is asked to free up broadcast and telecommunications frequencies through a mandamus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

WATCH: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22

3rd telco bidder sues NTC for 'money-making' requirements

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:40 PM

NOW Telecom says the National Telecommunications Commission is imposing on bidders multi-billion-peso fees that were not taken up in public hearings

Chavit Singson, Dennis Uy, to bid for 3rd telco

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Contenders can buy the bid documents for P1 million per set and need to cash out some P700 million worth of participation security

Power, communications restoration underway in Ompong-hit Cagayan

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says power providers and distributors are assessing the damage from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

MMDA, NTC to announce #MMShakeDrill via SMS alert

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:48 PM

MMDA says the annual earthquake drill, dubbed online as the #MMShakeDrill, will push through on the third week of June, rain or shine

The Pasay City government simulates disaster and response drill during the #MMShakeDrill on July 14, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cases over regulatory fees hound some 3rd telco aspirants

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) But PT&T and Now Telecom say they are contesting the supposed outstanding fees, so these have 'no bearing' on their bids for the 3rd telco slot

PLDT formally gives Cure's 3G frequency for free

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the surrendered 3G frequency is now available for a new major telecommunications player

Philippines to 'add sweeteners' in guidelines for 3rd telco auction

Feb 27, 2018 - 6:15 PM

The government is no longer requiring interested bidders to have a minimum net worth of P10 billion. Instead, it plans to award the 3rd telco slot to the participant with the 'highest committed level of service.'

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Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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PH gov't releases draft guidelines for 3rd telco auction

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology and the National Telecommunications Commission come up with draft guidelines on the selection of a new major telco player

[OPINION] Are PCC, NTC fit to handle 3rd telco player?

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The PCC will have to address the competition issues confronting the 3rd telco player, while the NTC will have to ensure that the new entrant will meet the required regulatory and corporate issues before it could penetrate the market and go full blast in its operations

Duterte order on Cure frequencies for 3rd telco contradicts PLDT-NTC deal

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:45 PM

A 2011 agreement states that the National Telecommunications Commission would bid out the surrendered Cure frequencies, with PLDT being given monetary compensation. President Rodrigo Duterte now refuses to give that compensation.

3RD TELCO ISSUE RAISED. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Malacañang photo

3 consortia forming up to battle for Philippines' 3rd telco slot

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The acting chief of Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) says these 3 groups will each be led by Converge ICT Solutions Incorporated, Now Corporation, and Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (PT&T)

Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

Naming Philippines' 3rd telco might take longer than expected

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has a tall order from the Philippine president: Launch a major 3rd telecom player by March 2018. Prospective entrants think the timeline is too short.

DICT delays rule on 1-year expiration for prepaid load worth less than P300

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The new rule applies to prepaid load worth P300 and above starting January 6. Load worth less than P300 will only be covered by July 5.

ONE-YEAR EXPIRATION. Effective January 5, 2018, all prepaid load with denomination of P300 and above will carry a one-year expiration period. But those below P300 will only be implemented by July 5. Stock photo

[OPINION] Third telco: More fiction than real

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It would take 3-4 years before the 3rd telco player could operate, go into the market, and compete. The Duterte administration would be lucky to have it toward the end of its term.

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

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

Globe Telecom hikes 2016 spending to over $1B

Oct 20, 2016 - 4:29 PM

Its board of directors approves additional capital expenditure of 300 million for network expansion

HIKES SPENDING. According to Globe, the additional CAPEX of $300 million will be used for mobile network expansion ($160 million), corporate data network ($50 million), and broadband network ($90 million)

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

Telstra-San Miguel venture a bumpy, costly ride – think tank

Dec 15, 2015 - 6:01 PM

Australian telecommunications think tank Creator Tech Pty Ltd says Telstra’s possible joint venture with San Miguel could result in a high priced failure

LONG, BUMPY RIDE. An Australian telecommunications think tank says without the 700 MHz spectrum, there is no mobile business possible. In the photo are Telstra's Andrew Penn (left) and San Miguel's Ramon Ang (right)

Senate approves bills on TV, radio franchises

Dec 07, 2015 - 6:26 PM

5 networks can operate for 25 more years subject to amendment alteration or repeal by Congress

FRANCHISE. Senator Serge Osmeña says the continued operation of the 5 radio and TV networks would generate additional jobs, create career opportunities, and continue "to provide the Filipino people with additional access to information to help them in their daily lives."

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

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.