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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

PLDT sells remaining stake in Beacon to MPIC

Jun 14, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation the sister company of PLDT buys the telco s remaining stake in Beacon for P21 8 billion

FINANCIALLY SATISFYING. 'The divestment of our Beacon investment will help the PLDT group focus on the key priorities in its core businesses. While the investment is now viewed as no longer strategic, it has nonetheless been a very financially satisfying one,' PLDT Chairman Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Does the Wi-Fi on EDSA work?

Jun 14, 2017 - 12:26 AM

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima assures commuters the connection is not only fast but also secure

FREE WI-FI. Free internet connection along EDSA is only the beginning of the Duterte administration's goal of providing an open portal to the worldwide web in all public spaces.

PLDT eyes gains from manpower reduction, asset sales but expects 'steep climb'

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:35 PM

The telco is projecting savings of around P7 billion over several years from outsourcing its IT to IBM and is still eyeing selling the rest of its stake in Meralco

MVP group still keen on GMA-7 stake

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:30 AM

We are open anytime but the offer must be acceptable to us says Manuel V Pangilinan

REVIVAL? Manuel Pangilinan, however, clarifies that as of June 9 this year, there are "no discussion yet" between his and Gozon's groups. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Free Wi-Fi for 1st 30 minutes along EDSA starting June 12

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:00 PM

After the 1st 30 minutes users can extend for P20 for two hours valid for two days or P50 for 10 hours valid for 5 days

WIFI. With a backhaul capacity of up to one gigabit per second, Smart Communications says its Wi-Fi services can support up to 3,000 connected users

Telcos turn to Makati to beta test all-in-one digital card, app

Jun 01, 2017 - 6:31 PM

PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan says the telco chose Makati as a test case because of its reach as a premier financial center

DEEP MARKET. Makati 'is the country's business and trade hub. The reason we tested it here because Makati has the deepest market from a commercial perspective,' PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PLDT, Globe payment to SMC can preempt court rulings, says gov't

May 31, 2017 - 4:59 PM

On May 30 PLDT and Globe complete the P69 1 B payment to San Miguel PCC says this is meant to preempt the appellate court and Supreme Court rulings

FIGHT HARD. '[We] will not back down or be intimidated by companies who have grown accustomed to unregulated business practices that hamper competition and ultimately hurt consumers,' PCC chief Arsenio Balisacan says. Rappler file photo

PLDT sells remaining stake in SPi Global

May 22, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The transaction values SPi Global at 330 million P16 42 billion

EXITING. Private markets investment manager Partners Group will acquire SPi Global on behalf of its clients from CVC Capital Partners Asia III and PLDT Global Investments Corporation, an indirect subsidiary of PLDT. Rappler file photo

What do moms really want for Mother’s Day?

May 11, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Your mom would never admit that she wants these things

PLDT holds on to declining Rocket Internet

May 01, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Rocket Internet almost quadruples its losses in 2016 to €741 million 807 441 million PLDT owns a 6 1 stake in the German tech firm

'DISAPPOINTING.' It was in August 2014 when Manuel Pangilinan's PLDT invested €333 million (USD$362 million) for a 10% stake in the German firm. This is the telco's biggest overseas investment to date. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2017

Apr 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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DOLE to order regularization of 10,000 PLDT employees

Apr 19, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says they found out that contracted employees are performing jobs that are core to PLDT s operations

REGULARIZE. DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello III orders the regularization of around 10,000 PLDT employees after findings that they are performing core functions of the company. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PCC takes buyout battle with telcos to Supreme Court

Apr 19, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission wants to be allowed to review the transaction between San Miguel PLDT and Globe

GOES TO HIGH COURT. PCC Chairman Arsenio Balisacan (extreme left) announces the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) filed on behalf of the PCC last Tuesday, April 18 a petition before SC to lift injunction on telco review. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

SC affirms ruling in favor of SEC’s 60-40 foreign ownership rule

Apr 18, 2017 - 11:21 PM

The Supreme Court affirms its rejection of a petition that alleges the SEC guidelines on foreign ownership were ‘tailor made’ to allow PLDT to skirt the cap set by the Constitution

PLDT builds 1st 'Fibr City' in Mindanao

Apr 09, 2017 - 11:10 PM

General Santos is PLDT s first Fibr City in Mindanao allowing the telco to bring ultra fast internet speed there

MINDANAO'S FIRST. This allows the telecommunications giant to provide residents in General Santos upload and download speeds of up to 1 Gbps at subscription fee of P1,899 per month. Rappler file photo

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make the Internet a safe space for kids

Apr 04, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Here’s what you can do to ensure the kids are having a positive online experience

Tony and the 'Bee:' First the Philippines, then the world

Apr 04, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Tony Tan Caktiong Chairman and Founder of Jollibee is a true “Bossing” not because he knows how to succeed – but because he knows how to dream big

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

Globe, Smart to cut mobile voice call rates to P1 per minute

Mar 27, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Philippines two telco giants lower the cost of mobile voice calls as competition heightens

PRICE WAR. The two telecommunication giants will reduce again their mobile voice call rates to entice more subscribers. Rappler file photo

Smart expanding LTE coverage to more municipalities

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The expansion is part of Smart s 3 year network rollout plan where it told the NTC that it will make LTE progressively available to users in 1 551 cities and municipalities by 2018

PROMISE TO NTC. Smart vows to provide more users LTE service by 2017. Rappler file photo

George Ty and MVP transaction is best deal of 2016 – IHAP

Mar 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The deal that brought together two of the biggest conglomerates in the country is recognized as the most innovative and complex

BEST DEAL. George Ty's GT Capital Holdings acquired 15% of Manuel V. Pangilinan's Metro Pacific Investment Corporation in 2016.

'Faster, cheaper' Internet via DICT's national broadband plan

Mar 10, 2017 - 5:28 PM

The network s goal is to provide by 2020 at least 10 Mbps connection to households from north to south at an affordable price

CLEARER PICTURE. It was in October 2016 when DICT met with President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss the department's creation of a national broadband plan. With the approval of Duterte last Monday, the picture becomes clearer. Rappler file photo

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

PLDT to outsource back-office IT to IBM

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:20 PM

PLDT chief Manuel V Pangilinan says he wants to ensure all or most of the 1 000 affected employees will be absorbed by IBM

CUT COSTS. 'Profitability has been reset to a lower level, reflecting the impact of the changes in the business, our customer base, and our organization,' PLDT chief Manuel V. Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PLDT still no.1 among mobile subscribers

Mar 07, 2017 - 6:31 PM

PLDT says its subsidiary Smart Communications Incorporated closed 2016 with 63 03 million subscribers against rival Globe Telecom s 62 8 million subscribers

'The picture seems to be brighter for 2017 and the job of the management is to continue moving forward positively all the way up to 2019,' PLDT's Manuel V Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

CA denies PCC plea to lift TRO on San Miguel buyout review

Mar 02, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The CA s Special 12th Division orders the PCC to remove from its website its preliminary statement of concern containing an initial finding that the deal is likely to substantially prevent restrict and lessen competition in the telco industry

KEY PLAYERS. (from left) PLDT head Manuel V. Pangilinan, Philippine Competition Commission Chairman Arsenio Balisacan, and Globe chief Ernest Cu are at an impasse over the San Miguel telco buyout. File photos

Smart seen to get 25-year franchise extension by March

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:00 AM

But the franchise extension might require the telco giant to list on the Philippine Stock Exchange

FRANCHISE EXTENSION. 'We are pressed for time. We cannot allow the franchise to expire,' Zubiri, who authored Senate Bill 1302 or the bill to extend Smart's franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How to improve your home broadband experience

Feb 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Whether you are gaming streaming or simply browsing this powerful wireless router makes it seamless and lag free

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

PLDT partners with Huawei for 5G rollout in 2020

Feb 14, 2017 - 2:55 PM

In a recent visit to the Huawei headquarters PLDT chief Manuel V Pangilinan signs an agreement with the president of a unit of the Chinese ICT giant

IS PH READY? But before rolling out 5G here in the country, PLDT says it will focus on 'future-proofing' its network. Photo from PLDT Incorporated

Data products propels Globe towards P16B net income in 2016

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Mobile data now the telcos biggest contributor to total mobile revenues at 38 compared to 37 for voice

Window narrows for Smart's 25-year franchise extension

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The telco s franchise granted way back in March 1992 is set to expire this March

LICENSE TO OPERATE. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 7294, Smart, headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, was granted its 25-year franchise in March 1992. It is set to expire this March. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Here's how much your broadband rates have dropped

Jan 26, 2017 - 8:00 AM

While the past years have seen sharp declines in the price per Mbps rates of broadband packages they remain costly compared to other countries

Olivia Jordan, Nia Sanchez to join Miss Universe festivities

Jan 24, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The two former Miss USA winners will cover Miss Universe for PLDT s social media page

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan and Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez

Duterte hosts intimate dinner for top businessmen

Jan 18, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The 3 hour dinner is organized by former president and now Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion

DINNER WITH BUSINESSMEN. President Rodrigo Duterte hosts a dinner for the country's top businessmen on January 17, 2017. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Smart targets Metro Manila for LTE coverage expansion

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The telco says its subscribers can experience improved coverage and quality of voice calls SMS and mobile internet as it expands its network in the next 3 months

DEPLOY MORE. 'This is a key part of our efforts to transform the PLDT and Smart network into the country’s most future-ready data infrastructure delivering a wide range of gigabit digital solutions,' Manuel Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of Smart and PLDT, says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PLDT completes 3 ICT deals in Davao

Dec 27, 2016 - 9:06 AM

All these form part of PLDT’s P48 billion capital spending budget for 2016

SUNNY OUTLOOK. PLDT bets on the sunny economic outlook of President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, Davao City. Rappler file photo

MVP open to reviving talks with GMA

Dec 24, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Manuel V Pangilinan reacts to GMA Network s major shareholders pronouncement that they are open to selling their shares at the right price

SIGNALS INTEREST. 'It is too late to do anything for 2016, but we're always open. A lot of it depends really on how our numbers would look like for 2017,' PLDT President and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan says. Rappler file photo

What if more homes in PH can enjoy fiber internet?

Dec 23, 2016 - 12:13 PM

As fiber Internet connection becomes more available our lifestyle and productivity improve

Supreme Court upholds SEC foreign ownership rules

Dec 21, 2016 - 8:49 PM

UPDATED The High Court decides on a 2013 case involving PLDT s alleged attempt to skirt the constitutional cap on foreign ownership in public utilities

SEC AFFIRMED. In a vote of 8-5, the SC on Wednesday, December 21 denied the petition filed by Jose Judd Roy III, questioning the constitutionality of SEC Memorandum Circular No. 8, Series of 2013 or Guidelines on Compliance with the Filipino-Foreign Ownership Requirements. Rappler file photo