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Globe to pilot 5G in June 2019

May 06, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Globe says the commercial pilot launch this June will be for home subscribers outside Metro Manila

UK's Vodafone may enter PH as 3rd telco

Oct 03, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Budget Secretary Diokno announces that Vodafone wants to enter the Philippines 'in a big way,' though the company has yet to send an official expression of interest

3RD TELCO? Philippine government officials meet with the executives of Vodafone Group Services Ltd during their visit in the United Kingdom. Photo from DTI

LIST: Companies vying for Philippines' 3rd telco spot

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:22 AM

At least 7 foreign and 5 local companies are gunning to be the next major telco player

TELCO WARS. Several companies are gunning to be the country's 3rd mobile provider. Rappler file photo


LOOK: DICT draft rules on selection of 3rd telco player

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:36 AM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology releases the draft guidelines ahead of the public hearing on its proposed selection process on August 23

DICT Secretary Rio prevails, 3rd telco player auction 'off the table'

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Selecting the country's third telco player will be based on the quality of coverage, internet speed and investment, otherwise known as the highest committed level of service (HCLoS) model

All Globe prepaid load valid for 1 year starting July 5

Jul 05, 2018 - 10:55 AM

'Effective July 5, 2018, all Globe prepaid load, including those with denominations below P300, will carry a one-year expiration period,' Globe announces

PCC assisting DICT for easier entry of 3rd telco

Mar 07, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission is looking for faster ways to review joint venture companies interested in bidding for the 3rd telco slot

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 28, 2018

Feb 28, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

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.'

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

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

DICT moves deadline for auction of 3rd telco slot

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'If we force the end-of-March deadline, there might not be any bidders,' says the acting chief of the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Globe in talks for independent cell tower firm

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Globe president Ernest Cu also says the firm is looking at divesting all or part of its tower assets to independent tower companies

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

Globe Telecom expects to sustain high capital spending until 2020

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The Ayala-led telecommunications giant projects between $850 million and $900 million as annual capital spending budget until 2020

HIGH 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

Duterte rejects DICT request to extend deadline for 3rd telco

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is adamant that the 3rd telco be ready by March despite requests of potential players to the DICT for more time to prepare requirements and secure partners

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Also in the photo are Solicitor General Jose Calida and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL 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 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

PT&T, Chinese firm to explore free Wi-Fi during disasters

Dec 19, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The Philippine firm signs a deal with Chengdu Zhongxing Tiantong Technology Corporation to conduct a feasibility study, after which a definitive agreement may be reached

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

Roque fumes at telcos for bad signal in his house

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:00 AM

President Duterte's new spokesman says the signal in his house is so bad, he is forced to take media calls in his garage, clad in his bathrobe

PCC to work with TransCo if telco joint venture proceeds

Oct 31, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says it is ready to offer guidance if the National Transmission Corporation partners with a private firm to enter the telecommunications industry

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

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

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

Businessmen's wishlist: 3rd telco player, C6 road, end Marawi crisis

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:05 PM

Several business leaders and the country s economic managers gather to discuss 10 issues they want to prioritize for 2017 and 2018

BETTER PH. Included in the wishlist are entry of a major telecommunications player, completion of Circumferential Road 6, and resolution of the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Rappler graphics

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

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

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

LIVE: The Philippine Telecommunications Summit 2017

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:48 PM

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Avocado, 4 new players enter PH telco industry

Nov 01, 2016 - 5:00 PM

An ICT group insists there s no sufficient spectrum for more competitors

NEW PLAYERS. These new telco players are Avocado Broadband Telecoms, Ama Telecommunications, Infinivan, Metro Connections and Telecom, as well as Megamanila Telecom. Photo by Rappler

Globe Telecom expects 7%-9% profit growth in 2016

Aug 04, 2016 - 8:35 PM

This is despite stiffer competition in the local telecommunications sector and the steady decline in traditional voice and SMS services

MARKET SHIFT. Local telcos, like Globe, have the opportunity to capture bigger revenue rewards from the mobile data revolution. Shutterstock background image

DOTC chief's goal in 100 days: Cleaner toilets, faster Wi-Fi at NAIA

Jul 07, 2016 - 6:23 PM

One of the small basic problems which irritated the community is the issue of maintenance of the washrooms and utilities inside the airport We ll address that in 100 days says Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade

PRIVATE-PUBLIC COOPERATION. Transportation Secretary Tugade (center) asked for PAL's Jaime Bautista's (right) and Cebu Pacific's Lance Gokongwei's (left) help to maintain NAIA toilets. Photos by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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

PLDT, PCCW Global sign interconnection deal for PH-HK route

Jan 13, 2016 - 2:05 PM

The deal enables PCCW Global and the telco to expand their relationship in new market segments while improving their existing portfolios for fixed mobile and international subscribers

MORE INTERCONNECTION. The deal allows PLDT to enjoy access to PCCW Global's MobileXchange service suite, giving the telco opportunity to differentiate itself in roaming and in domestic services.

The Philippines needs an ICT revolution, now

Dec 30, 2015 - 4:08 PM

ICT has the power to positively affect every aspect of our lives But there are hurdles that we as a nation need to overcome first

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)

NTC to start testing telcos' fixed broadband speed

Sep 12, 2015 - 4:35 PM

Starting next week the National Telecommunications Commission will monitor if Internet service providers are complying with new rules on minimum broadband speed

BROADBAND TESTING. By definition, ISPs will not be able to say they provide broadband unless they give consumers at least 256 kbps. Photo from Agence France-Presse

PH 4th top market for smartphones in region – report

Dec 02, 2013 - 2:40 PM

91 of smartphones sold in the country in the first 9 months of 2013 were Android phones

WIDENING LEAD. A survey shows Samsung widens its lead over Apple in the global smartphone market for the 3rd quarter of 2013. File image from Samsung Tomorrow website

PLDT, Globe oppose SIM registration

Oct 22, 2013 - 5:41 PM

Top phone service providers stress the administrative nightmare involved in requiring SIM registration among 90 of the 100 million mobile phone subscribers

SIM REGISTRATION. About 90% of the estimated 100 million mobile phone users in the Philippines are prepaid, or unregistered, subscribers. File photo by AFP

PLDT mulls Google-like office

Sep 27, 2013 - 9:27 AM

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co PLDT is considering moving its headquarters to a new campus type location for its member companies

GOOGLEPLEX IN MANILA? Giant PLDT is considering a new campus type headquarters. File photo by AFP

Smart still beats Globe in service quality test

Jul 16, 2013 - 3:58 PM

For the 3rd time running Smart Communications edges rival Globe Telecom throughout the battery of service quality tests

PASSING MARKS FOR BOTH. But Smart and Globe are warring over who performed better

MVP: Globe, ABS-CBN are copycats

Nov 06, 2012 - 6:33 PM

The two rival business groups may pursue a convergence strategy similar to the one Pangilinan created between TV5 and PLDT

Lopez-led telco says 2012 revenues may exceed target

Oct 23, 2012 - 5:46 PM

Bayan Telecommunication sees strong earnings from consumer and corporate data services

PLDT can still prove Filipinos own it - SC

Oct 15, 2012 - 7:56 PM

The High Court said PLDT can provide evidence to the SEC that it did not violate the 60 40 ownership rule in the 1987 Constitution

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Globe happy, Smart sad over shared-frequency decision

Oct 01, 2012 - 8:30 PM

The two leading telcos are divided about a recent NTC decision allowing carriers to share spectrum Consumers however should welcome the order since the expanded networks will likely decrease congestion and lead to higher quality services