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IXS is offering enterprises discounted rates on dedicated fiber internet

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The promo is open only to the first 9 subscribers

Mobile speed in Philippines 'still below most of developed world' – report

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:15 PM

This is the second report this week that shows Smart being ahead of Globe in terms of mobile internet speeds

Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler


Philippines, UK, Australia launch center vs online child exploitation

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Most child exploitation cases involve Filipino children and men from other countries. Authorities hope to stop this 'increasingly prevalent' crime.

NEW CENTER. The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center is inaugurated at the Philippine National Police national headquarters Camp Crame. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Overall mobile data speeds in PH have notably improved – report

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:51 AM

OpenSignal reports that in the last 6 months, Globe’s average overall download speed increased 14% to 5 Mbps while Smart grew 29% to 7.5 Mbps

Duterte Year 2: The broadband picture

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The search continues for the third telco while the PLDT-Globe duopoly tries to roll out more 4G cell sites and prepare for 5G

Duterte photo from Malacañang


Globe's first 5G-enabled services available by Q2 2019

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Globe is deploying 5G technologies to Globe At Home fixed broadband products next year

5G IN 2019. Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu officially announces their first 5G-enabled offering at an event held on Wednesday, June 6. Photo from Globe


Calida's excessive allowance, 911 Emergency Hotline, U.S. - North Korea Summit | Evening wRap

Jun 01, 2018 - 8:44 PM

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PH declines in Ookla Speedtest Global Index for April 2018

Jun 01, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The country goes down from the 95th spot to the 96th in the mobile speed rankings, and from the 82nd to 83rd place in fixed broadband rankings

DICT raises concerns over NGCP's fiber optic network offer

Feb 11, 2018 - 11:50 PM

DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr reacts to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines' open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte

What's the right to be forgotten? Cyber libel complaint vs Rappler sparks discussion

Jan 22, 2018 - 3:11 PM

The right to be forgotten empowers an individual to remove a personal information that's out there in the internet

PRESS FREEDOM THREATS. Cyber libel is just one of many threats to press freedom. Journalists and press freedom advocates come together during a Black Friday protest on January 19, 2018.

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

Duterte wants Chinese company to be 3rd PH telecom player

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) 'The telecoms duopoly is about to end,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

HELLO, CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte has offered to China the chance to operate the 3rd telecommunications company in the Philippines. Malacanang file photo, December 3, 2016

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

Philippine gov't, Facebook partner for 'ultra high-speed' broadband

Nov 15, 2017 - 8:15 PM

The government says the planned Luzon Bypass Infrastructure will have 'spectrum equivalent to at least two million Mbps,' nearly equal to the combined capacity of Globe and PLDT

LUZON BYPASS INFRA. The deal involves two cable landing stations connected by a 250-kilometer long cable network corridor, which will provide terrestrial bypass route for international submarine cable owners seeking diversity from the Luzon Strait. File photo

How to check if your Smart SIM is LTE-capable

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:47 PM

If you're not getting the best possible speed, there's a chance that you're using an older non-LTE SIM


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

'Free' basic internet packaged with cable TV subscriptions in Laguna

Oct 26, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Access to Philippine government websites is free but access to external sites is capped at 3GB – with prepaid packages available for those who need more data


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

Aegis Juris fratman, Cayetano, Jack Ma | Evening wRap

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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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

PH mobile internet up 5 spots in Speedtest September rankings

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Fixed broadband, however, goes down 3 spots

DICT acting chief says PH internet like Manila traffic: 'Slow, congested, expensive'

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presents band-aid solutions to address the country's need for more cellular towers

Globe announces postpaid Internet plans with no lock-up

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Good news for those who are afraid of commitment when it comes to broadband at home

Globe Unlocked event on October 5, 2017

PH 3G and 4G speeds still below global average – study

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Despite slow speeds relative to other countries, mobile internet availability sees some increase over the last six months

PH MOBILE INTERNET. Telcos have made improvements in availability but speeds have yet to reach global standards. Image from Shutterstock


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

PH mobile internet speed ranks 100th in first Speedtest rankings

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:34 PM

The country is also 94th out of 133 for fixed broadband according to the monthly Speedtest Global Index

SPEEDTEST. The figures are from the first edition of the Speedtest Global Index, published in August 2017.

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.

Resorts World attack, Trump, internet speed | Midday wRap

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:24 PM

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Jun 02, 2017 - 9:55 AM

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Resorts World shooting incident in Pasay on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH has slowest average internet speed in Asia Pacific – report

Jun 01, 2017 - 10:41 PM

The global average internet connection speed is 7 2 Mbps but the Philippines falls short with an average of 5 5 Mbps

WATCH: Converge's COO on being a 'disruptive' broadband provider in PH

May 18, 2017 - 2:40 PM

The internet service provider s chief operating officer talks about keeping established industry players on their toes

ROMERO. Converge's COO, Jesus Romero, believes the company's presence offers some 'disruption' to the internet service industry, nudging established players to stay on their toes. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

Smart reports PH's first successful 'Voice over LTE' call

Apr 17, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Voice over LTE uses LTE technology to make calls that are crystal clear with almost no background noise and is marketed as HD calling in some places

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

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: 48% of employees to be affected by automation

Mar 14, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The statistic underscores the need to urgently improve public access to the internet and information

RETHINKING PROCESSES. Rodolfo Salalima, center, addresses the need for society to adjust with the advent of automation. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PH spends most time online and on social media – report

Jan 30, 2017 - 9:31 PM

The country s average speed of 4 2 Mbps – below the 6 3 Mbps global average – does not dissuade Filipinos from logging long hours online

Leni Robredo, Severe Tropical Storm Nina, Shaquille O'Neal | Evening wRap

Dec 23, 2016 - 10:30 PM

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Average internet speed in PH slightly declines in Q3 2016 – report

Dec 23, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Akamai s latest State of the Internet report shows that the Philippines internet speed has not vastly improved

Globe to tap unused TV frequencies to expand broadband reach

Sep 26, 2016 - 12:55 PM

The telco is set to roll out internet connectivity delivered through TV white space in the Visayas and Mindanao

DIGITAL HITCHHIKING. Globe claims to be the first PH telco to use the ingenious solution of carrying an Internet connection through TV frequencies. Illustration by Nina Martinez

Free Wi-Fi projects slowed down by delayed LGU permits

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Telcos and the DICT say the long road to securing permits from LGUs hinders them from putting up infrastructure quickly

CONNECTED NATION. Bills pushing for free internet can transform the value of an internet connection from being a privilege to a right

SONA 2016: Duterte vows faster internet, free Wi-Fi

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:00 PM

The President asks the new DICT office to come up with a national broadband plan for better internet infrastructure and speeds

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law creating Department of Information and Communications Technology will take effect on Thursday, June 9.

PLDT, Globe sign IP peering deal after 6 years

Jun 16, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Globe s Gil Genio says the arrangement will ultimately lead to more affordable Internet services for subscribers

IP PEERING. Senator Bam Aquino (C) witnesses the signing of the memorandum of agreement between PLDT and Globe on IP Peering. Photo from PLDT, Inc.

DICT to make free Internet more accessible – official

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Outgoing ICTO Executive Director Louis Casambre expresses confidence that the Philippines can boost digital services through the newly created department

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law creating Department of Information and Communications Technology will take effect on Thursday, June 9.

Comelec data leaked by hackers

Mar 28, 2016 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED Second hacking: A group calling itself LulzSec Pilipinas posts the Commission on Elections database shortly after Anonymous PH defaces the poll body s website

PLDT, Globe shares up, SMC down after Telstra talks collapse

Mar 14, 2016 - 1:53 PM

The two telco giants say they re not changing their strategy following the end of the San Miguel Corporation Telstra talks

MIXED SENTIMENTS. Shares of Globe and PLDT went up after the announcement of the collapsed joint venture talks between Telstra and San Miguel

San Miguel Corp, Telstra end joint venture plan

Mar 14, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Even without Telstra San Miguel says it will still switch on a superior telecommunications network as scheduled

NO DEAL. Both Telstra's Andrew Penn (left) and San Miguel's Ramon Ang (right) say they did not agree on commercial arrangements

IT revolution crucial to seeing PH through growth crossroads

Mar 13, 2016 - 9:10 PM

A new study shows that the country has a rare window of opportunity to spur greater growth but it must focus on innovation