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PLDT reports 700 Mbps speed in 5G tests, claims 1st 5G video call in PH

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:06 PM

The video call was made between 'Smart 5G cities' Clark and Makati, says the company

Is dating app Tinder blocked in the Philippines?

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Tinder appears to be blocked on both PLDT Home and Smart, prompting users to question why

PLDT SME Nation fortifies partnership with FCIE

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The partnership aims to prompt digital transformation for the Philippines

Here are the winners of the 2018 MVP Bossing Awards

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The program celebrates the commitment to excellence, fearlessness, and integrity that define the Filipino entrepreneurial spirit

Q&A: How 5G is shaping up in PH, according to PLDT's Joachim Horn

Nov 06, 2018 - 10:57 AM

5G adoption will be driven first by the enterprise as 5G phones are expected to be too expensive in the early stages

PATH TO 5G. PLDT chief technology advisor Joachim Horn. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PLDT, Smart launch first 5G city in Clark, Pampanga

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:45 PM

5G is over 20 times faster than the current 4G connectivity and opens up possibilities for solving metropolitan problems

SMART 5G IN CLARK. Smart touts Clark as its first 5G City. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

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

Cagayan Economic Zone Authority partners with PLDT Enterprise

Oct 26, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The partnership aims to expand connectivity to attract investors for the new financial technology hub

How the ube hopia saved Eng Bee Tin

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:02 PM

In the 80s, 21 year-old Gerry Chua was determined to save the family business from failing. Here’s how he did it

How a street vendor grew up to become the Philippines’ Juice King

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:18 AM

For Zest-O founder Alfredo Yao, the hard work began when he was just 13 years old

Vivo launches X21 in PH, partners with Smart as exclusive distributor

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Smart will be offering the X21 exclusively to Enterprise clients

What does it mean to be a ‘bossing’?

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:00 PM

These PLDT MVP Bossing winners show what defines a modern Filipino entrepreneur

DOLE asks CA to reverse decision vs worker regularization in PLDT

Aug 22, 2018 - 8:17 PM

DOLE argues that PLDT had a 'degree of control' over the contractors' workers

REGULARIZE. PLDT Workers protest at Court of Appeals on August 6, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Smart up by 1,300 LTE sites over Globe, according to latest figures

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Smart, as of the end of June 2018, has 12,600 LTE base stations while Globe, as of May 2018, has 11,300


Senators question 'core functions' of PLDT, NutriAsia amid labor dispute

Aug 09, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Workers hired by contractors of NutriAsia and PLDT argue that they perform functions that are 'core' to the company

STATUS. Senate labor committee chairperson Joel Villanueva asks workers under PLDT and NutriAsia contractors about their status of employment. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOLE stands by cease and desist order vs PLDT contractors

Aug 09, 2018 - 4:46 PM

'We will stand by that. Now, you see the effect on your services? Don't blame DOLE,' says Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod

NOT BACKING DOWN. Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod says during the Senate labor committee hearing on August 9, 2018 that DOLE stands by its cease and desist order to PLDT contractors. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PLDT workers lose regularization case at Court of Appeals

Aug 06, 2018 - 9:35 PM

The Court of Appeals remands to DOLE the case of installation, repair and maintenance workers, and voids the regularization of janitors, I.T, back office support, sales, and others

REGULARIZATION. PLDT workers' group Power holds a picket in front of the Court of Appeals to protest a recent decision voiding an earlier regularization order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate probe sought into NutriAsia, PLDT labor violations

Jul 31, 2018 - 2:59 PM

'We need to investigate because these cases highlight the weaknesses of our current regulatory framework,' says Senate labor committee chair Joel Villanueva

GUARDED. Police (not in photo) and security personnel man the entrance of NutriAsia factory in Marilao.

PLDT denies defying DOLE order to regularize 7,300 workers

Jul 26, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'PLDT has not taken any act to 'frustrate or tend to frustrate' this Honorable Office’s regularization orders,' the telco giant says

REGULARIZE. Workers of PLDT Incorporated meet Labor Department Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod in a mandatory conference regarding the agency's compliance order to regularize its workers on July 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Defend Job Philippines


PLDT says Bello claim on contractor ownership 'fabricated'

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III alleges that many of PLDT's service contractors are owned by its own executives

PICKET. Members of PLDT Organization of Workers and Employees for Rights (POWER), Defend Job Philippines and Kilos Na! Manggagawa hold a picket-protest in front of the DOLE main office in Manila on July 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Defend Job Philippines

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Jul 11, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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DOLE orders PLDT to regularize workers 'without conditions'

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says PLDT should regularize the affected employees automatically, instead of making them reapply for jobs

REGULARIZE. PLDT workers stage a rally in support of DOLE's order for them to be regularized. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DOLE to PLDT: Stop layoffs, start regularizing over 7,000 workers

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says PLDT has been trying to 'skirt' around the law for years, violating labor laws and workers' rights

#SavePLDTContractuals: Ex-PLDT workers share stories of being jobless

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Aside from narratives of ex-PLDT contracted workers, messages of support from their relatives and friends also flood Twitter

Google Wifi now in the Philippines

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:11 AM

New Google hardware arrives in the country through partnership with PLDT

MODERN DECOR. Google's mesh wifi device is chic and is designed to blend in with furniture. All photos from Google


Global concerns taking toll on PH digital competitiveness – PLDT executive

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:42 PM

External concerns, trade wars, economic uncertainties are causing investors to migrate to safer investments in more stable countries, possibly affecting the country's digital competitiveness, says PLDT's Eric Alberto

DIGICON. From left to right, Nerisse Ramos, chief operating officer of ePLDT; Eric Alberto, PLDT and Smart's chief revenue officer; Jason Silva, TV host and keynote speaker; Jovy Hernandez, PLDT and Smart's head of Enterprise Business Groups; PLDT's Nico Alcoseba, head of Disruptive Business Group; Jojo Gendrano, PLDT Enterprise's head of core business solutions; and Sudev Bangah, managing director of International Data Corporation - ASEAN. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


WATCH: Transformative technologies for bolder business decisions

Jun 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The 4th Philippine Digital Convention hopes to enable enterprises to become fearless in the face of digital. Watch the livestream of the event plenary on June 21, 3:30 pm!

The week in photos: May 26-June 1, 2018

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Bangladeshi volunteer prepares Iftar food for Muslim devotees before breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan at a shrine in Dhaka on May 27, 2018.Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast from dawn until dusk. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Malacañang on Calida, Land Management Bureau fire, Sung Kim on U.S.-North Korea summit | Evening wRap

May 28, 2018 - 10:06 PM

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Jollibee, Dole, PLDT among top companies 'engaged' in illegal contracting

May 28, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment says 767 companies were engaging in the labor-only contracting, while 2,610 companies were suspected.

BRIEFING. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on May 28, 2018 says he submitted the list of companies engaged in illegal contracting to Malacanang. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Missing out on the finals action? Check out this P50 NBA League Pass

May 24, 2018 - 9:36 PM

More Filipino fans can watch live NBA action – and more – as Smart and PLDT offer an affordable day pass

BROADEN NBA'S REACH. NBA Philippines' partnership with PLDT-Smart expands the number of platforms available for Filipinos to watch NBA live. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PLDT not keen on joining Globe for independent cell tower firm

May 15, 2018 - 12:40 PM

PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says his firm does not see the need to share any of its existing network elements, including cellular towers

NOT KEEN. ‘At this time, we don't see any benefit or need to share any of our existing network elements, including our towers,’ PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Planned deal between PLDT's Voyager, Tencent might not push through

May 14, 2018 - 6:45 PM

There's no progress in talks between PLDT unit Voyager Innovations Incorporated and Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Limited, according to Manuel Pangilinan

Despite higher profit, PLDT chief unsatisfied: 'We can do better'

May 10, 2018 - 5:11 PM

The listed telecommunications giant will not stop until it becomes the most profitable listed firm in the Philippines again, says PLDT chairman and CEO Manuel Pangilinan

BETTER PERFORMANCE. PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says the telco strives to become the most profitable listed firm again. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PLDT unit seals partial sale of Rocket Internet stake

May 07, 2018 - 7:25 PM

As a result of the sale, the Manuel Pangilinan-led telco's equity ownership in Rocket Internet is reduced from 6.1% to 2%

Globe Telecom open to partnering with PLDT for cell tower firm

May 07, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Ayala-led company says the creation of an independent cell tower firm would significantly reduce the time needed for a new player to roll out

Batanes now LTE-connected

May 05, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Batanes hasn't had a reliable internet connection since Typhoon Ferdie hit the province in 2016. Smart's completion of its LTE network provides users a viable option to connect to the Internet.

All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

How to get the biggest savings from your trusted brands

May 03, 2018 - 2:56 PM

You can never go wrong with value-for-money purchases!

Tricks and techniques from Kevin Mitnick, the ‘world’s most famous hacker’

May 02, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Assume that users can be negligent and that social engineering techniques are 99% effective, says the hacker formerly among the FBI's most wanted

KEVIN MITNICK. The 'world's most famous hacker' speaks about social engineering at ePLDT's cybersecurity launch. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


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