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PLDT not in hurry to fully divest from Rocket Internet

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:50 PM

PLDT's Manuel Pangilinan says his company is playing it by ear

NO RUSH. PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says there's no pressure on the part of PLDT to dispose its remaining one third of Rocket Internet shares. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PLDT subsidiary selling bulk of Rocket Internet shares

Apr 16, 2018 - 6:55 PM

PLDT Online Investments Private Limited will sell the shares at €24 (P1,545.28) each, or a total of about €163.2 million (P10.51 billion)

Cavite student wins annual DPC-PLDT visual arts contest

Mar 23, 2018 - 8:45 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The winning entries will grace the covers of the 2018-19 White and Yellow Pages PLDT directories

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

PLDT income takes 'big one-time hit' from swap of base stations

Mar 08, 2018 - 7:00 PM

In the last quarter of 2017, expenses of the Philippine telco giant surge by 44% to P53.920 billion. This drags its reported net income to P4.479 billion in the same period.

BOTTOMLINE. 'We are not completely out of the woods yet but we are getting there,' PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PLDT plans broadband expansion by 2020

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The listed telecommunications giant is spending over P50 billion every year until 2020

PLDT to give up Cure frequencies 'at no cost'

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte publicly threatened to send tax auditors to telecommunications companies demanding payment for returning radio frequencies to the government

AT NO COST. PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan agrees not to be compensated for the surrendered Cure frequencies, DICT acting chief Eliseo Rio Jr says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

PLDT sets aside over P150 billion for expansion until 2020

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:30 PM

PLDT chairman and CEO Manuel Pangilinan says that for every P1 of service revenue, the telco reinvests 30 to 35 centavos to 'super-charge' its fixed and mobile networks

[OPINION] Economic conditions don’t favor 3rd telco player

Jan 26, 2018 - 4:07 PM

It would take a grind of 3-4 years to settle the corporate and regulatory issues before the third player could operate in the local market, which is being dominated by the duopoly of the PLDT Group and Globe Telecom

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

PLDT, Smart sign $300M outsourcing deal with Amdocs

Jan 24, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Affected staff from PLDT's and Smart's IT units will be offered career opportunities in Amdocs as regular employees

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.

EXPLAINER: How SEC's Rappler decision is a test case for press freedom

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:39 PM

‘If Rappler can make out a case that this is actually malicious, the court cannot ignore that the government might be in violation of the constitutional guarantee to press freedom,’ says IBP national president Abdiel Dan Fajardo

TEST CASE. Can the SEC ruling against Rappler be used to push for a test case of press freedom? sec-rappler-decision  TEST CASE. Can the SEC ruling against Rappler be used to push for a test case of press freedom? sec-rappler-decision

3 telco players enough in the Philippines – Andanar

Jan 14, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also says names of companies interested to be the country's 3rd telco player would likely be known by March

McDonald's Philippines goes cashless with PayMaya

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The digital services arm of PLDT has upped the cashless payments battle with the launch of its partnership with McDonald's Philippines

CASHLESS PAYMENT. McDonald's Philippines is rolling out Mastercard and Visa card payments in select branches nationwide, through PayMaya Philippines. In the photo are (L-R) PayMaya Head of Acquiring Business Mar Lazaro; PayMaya Head of Issuing Business Raymund Villanueva; McDonald's Philippines Founder and Chairman George T. Yang; McDonald's Philippine President and CEO Kenneth S. Yang; Kevin Yang; PLDT, Smart, Voyager, and PayMaya Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan; Voyager and PayMaya President and CEO Orlando B. Vea; and PayMaya Philippines COO and Managing Director Paolo Azzola. Photo from PayMaya Philippines

PLDT unit to forge strategic partnerships in Q1 2018

Jan 10, 2018 - 4:37 PM

Voyager Innovations chairman Manuel Pangilinan says the upcoming partnership deals 'will excite the market'

NEW PARTNERS. 'It will excite the market,' PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says of the upcoming partnership agreements. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Globe Telecom expects to spend over P42B this 2018

Jan 05, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The Ayala-led telecommunications company says the huge capital spending budget will fund its moves to address customer demand for more bandwidth-intensive content

HUGE CAPEX. 'Majority of the company's capex for 2018 is geared to meet customer demand for more bandwidth-intensive content, which, in turn, will support the revenue momentum of our data-related services,' Globe chief Ernest Cu says. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

[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.

PLDT, Smart ink another partnership deal with Huawei

Jan 02, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The $28.5-million wireless service deal is expected to improve the telco giant's wireless service

ANOTHER HUAWEI DEAL. PLDT group chief Manuel Pangilinan says the partnership will enable his firm's wireless services under the brands PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT to become much more agile, efficient and resilient in developing digital services. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Globe 'ready' for faster internet but permits are 'biggest hurdle'

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:35 PM

The telco says 'the cumbersome number of permits' as well as right-of-way issues hamper its delivery of good internet service

TransCo open to creating 3rd telco player with China Telecom

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

'They have the technical expertise in operating and TransCo has the facilities to offer,' says TransCo President Melvin Matibag

PLDT extends partnership with Cignal TV to business customers

Dec 04, 2017 - 4:35 PM

The new arrangement allows businesses such as hotels and bars to broadcast Cignal TV content via the internet

CONNECTING. ​PLDT's Eric Alberto and Cignal TV President and CEO Jane Basas (4th and 5th from left) lead a group of Cignal and PLDT enterprise executives at a ceremony extending their partnership on December 4. Photo from PLDT Enterprise.

PLDT open to Chinese strategic partners

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'I think it's a rather novel idea and it's something we should consider, either at the PLDT level or at the Voyager level or both,' says PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan

PAYING RESPECTS. PLDT chairman Manuel V Pangilinan congratulates John Gokongwei Jr on winning the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) man of the year 2017 award at a ceremony on November 27. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

China Mobile or China Telecom as Philippines' 3rd major telco?

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Two state-run Chinese companies have set sights on competing with PLDT Incorporated and Globe Telecom Incorporated

Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

PLDT to nearly double int'l submarine cable capacity to 8.4 Tbps by 2019

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:44 PM

By the end of this year, PLDT’s submarine cable capacity will be 4.49 Tbps – up 140% from 2015

LIST: Provincial buses with free 42Mbps Smart WiFi

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Here's a list of buses and their routes that have been equipped with PLDT Smart Biz LTE that connects 45 mobile devices at speeds of up to 42Mbps.


PLDT increases target recurring core income for 2017

Nov 09, 2017 - 5:05 PM

PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says his group is confident it can raise recurring core income guidance by half a billion pesos to P22 billion this year

HIGHER TARGET. 'We are quite confident that we can raise our core guidance by half a billion pesos to P22 billion of recurring core income in the year 2017,' PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PLDT invests P7B in undersea cable with 60 TBps of bandwidth

Oct 30, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Called Jupiter, the fiber optic submarine cable system will directly connect Maruyama and Shima in Japan and Los Angeles in the US to Daet, PLDT's cable landing station in Camarines Norte

PH internet 'no good'? Telcos, PCC react to Jack Ma

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:55 PM

PLDT and Globe say they're working to improve services, while the Philippine Competition Commission describes Jack Ma's disappointing experience as a 'wake-up call' for the telcos

PLDT unit spending P11 billion for faster internet

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:45 PM

In two years' time, the telco sees over 1.3 million DSL subscribers of PLDT enjoying faster internet speed

A peek into Jack Ma's 24-hour Manila visit

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The Chinese business icon manages a packed schedule while experiencing Metro Manila traffic and the country's notorious slow internet

JACK MA. The Alibaba founder visits Manila for a day. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Alibaba's Jack Ma: PH internet 'no good'

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Rather than pointing fingers, the Chinese tycoon urges the private sector to grasp the opportunity and invest in better internet infrastructure for guaranteed returns

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Globe, PLDT battle it out in cashless payments

Oct 25, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Globe invites Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to the launch of its new mobile payment technology. On the same day, PLDT relaunches its scan-to-pay service.

QR CODES. GCash users are now able to shop at select Glorietta 4 merchants with a simple scan of their personal QR code in their smartphone. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

PLDT completes P1-B fiber optic expansion in Mindanao

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Spanning over 300 kilometers, the fiber infrastructure runs through the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, and Davao del Sur

Nia Sanchez,Tegan Martin on life after Miss Universe

Oct 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The two former title holders share tips for aspiring beauty queens and their project called Universal Confidence

PLDT building submarine cable for PH link to 3 continents

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM

With an initial investment of P500 million, PLDT is set to open its Asia-Africa-Europe 1 Submarine Cable System (AAE-1) before the end of 2017

Smart to upgrade cell sites in Marikina, Quezon City

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:35 PM

This upgrade is expected to improve Smart's mobile data service, particularly long term evolution (LTE) and 3G, in the two cities

BETTER SERVICE? This comprehensive network modernization and expansion program is at the core of the PLDT group's digital pivot. Rappler file photo

PLDT goes into chartered flights service

Oct 08, 2017 - 10:25 PM

PLDT unit Pacific Global One says it can now provide private flights to Balesin, Amanpulo, Baguio, and Boracay, among other routes

AVIATION FORAY. PLDT and Pacific Global One executives launch chartered airline services in the Philippines. Image from PLDT Corporate Communications

PLDT to provide Wi-Fi to over 2,300 buses by end-2017

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:10 AM

PLDT says this will help bus operators comply with the government's plans to modernize the country's transport system

TECH UPGRADES. Over 2,000 buses nationwide will have Wi-Fi by the end of this year. Rappler file photo

PLDT to award up to 860,000 shares to key officers, employees

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The telco also aims to close 2017 with a higher recurring core income of P21.5 billion, from P20.16 billion in 2016

RIGHT TRACK. PLDT boss Manuel 'Manny' Pangilinan says the telco is on the right track but there are still many tasks ahead of PLDT. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Slow PLDT internet service in some areas due to damaged cables

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:03 PM

PLDT estimates it will take 3 weeks to repair the damaged cables

ESSENTIAL SERVICE. A man uses a computer in an internet cafe. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Fitch upgrades PLDT outlook amid improved finances

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The telco s long term local currency issuer default rating LC IDR outlook is raised to stable from negative – a sign of improving financial performance

UPGRADED. The telecommunications giant’s long-term foreign currency issuer default ratings (LC IDR) outlook was raised to stable from negative, Fitch says. This signals continued improvement in its financial performance. Rappler file image

Top 10 companies 'Filipinos want to work for' in 2017

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Jobstreet asks 3 658 Filipinos which company they want to work for Here are the top 10

TOP EMPLOYER. In the latest Jobstreet.com survey, Meralco ranks best in job security, in work-life balance, and in benefits. Rappler graphic by Emil Mercado

Beacon divestment lifts PLDT's core income to over P12B

Aug 10, 2017 - 1:44 PM

UPDATED PLDT s core income for the 2nd quarter of 2017 increases to P12 1 billion from P10 5 billion in the same period a year ago

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Aug 04, 2017 - 7:54 PM

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PLDT opposes DOLE order on contractual workers' regularization

Jul 25, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The Manuel Pangilinan led telco says there is no evidence proving that it violated the rules of the Department of Labor and Employment

NO EVIDENCE. Manuel Pangilinan-led PLDT questions the absence of evidence and the use of 'template' findings by the DOLE on its regularization order. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

WATCH: ePLDT's Nico Alcoseba on digital transformation

Jul 20, 2017 - 6:00 PM

ePLDT is the only Filipino company to win a Microsoft Partner of the Year award at Inspire 2017 Rappler talks to the head of its Disruptive Business Group on the sidelines of the Microsoft conference


‘All in one’ streaming service Roku is now available in PH

Jun 16, 2017 - 3:08 PM

It will be available for existing PLDT Home subscribers for only P199 month

MEET ROKU. Next generation form of entertainment in one convenient device

How PH's top antitrust official is guarding market competition

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Arsenio Balisacan the first chairperson of the Philippine Competition Commission says he is not one to run away from challenges

ACADEMIC STAR. Arsenio Balisacan considers his role as the first chairman of Philippine Competition Commission one of the biggest challenges in his life. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler