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Duterte gives Dito Telecommunity permit to operate as 3rd telco

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The awarding of the permit to Dennis Uy's Dito Telecommunity – formerly Mislatel – officially green-lights its operations as the Philippines' 3rd telco player

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte issues the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company Inc. (Mislatel) through its Chairman Dennis Uy during a ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. Also in the photo are National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba and Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Mislatel now called Dito Telecommunity

Jul 08, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The 3rd major telco player is here and it's now called Dito Telecommunity. What do you think of the new name?


NTC to KBP: No more airing of Shanti Dope's 'Amatz'

Jun 17, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The PDEA earlier said the song 'may mislead the innocent youth into thinking that the effects of illegal drug use to be harmless'

BANNED. The NTC wants KBP to make sure its members stop airing Shanti Dope's song 'Amatz.' Screenshot from the Amatz music video

Huawei turns to Africa to offset U.S. blacklist

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Huawei's presence in Africa goes far beyond selling smartphones and building mobile networks – it provides training at top universities, and offers 'smart city' services

SECURITY THREAT? Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei beefs up its presence in Africa after the United States blacklisted it. Photo from Shutterstock

Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Huawei signs a deal with Russian telecoms company MTS to develop a 5G network in the country over the next year

Kremlin photo from Shutterstock


Telcos ordered to unlock phones for free after contract ends

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Customers can soon ask telcos to unlock postpaid phones for free once the lock-in period is over

Huawei to sell stake in undersea-cable unit

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The 51% stake in Huawei Marine Networks will be bought by Hengtong Optic-Electric, an optical-cable manufacturer based in eastern China's Jiangsu province

HUAWEI. The Huawei logo is displayed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 26, 2019. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP


U.S. blocks China Mobile, citing national security

May 10, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The decision brings the Chinese telecoms giant's 8-year effort to crack the US market to an end

CHINA MOBILE. US regulators on May 9, 2019, denied a request by China Mobile to operate in the US market and provide international telecommunications services, saying links to the Chinese government pose a national security risk. Photo by Pau Barrena /AFP


PLDT says on track to hit P26-billion core profit for 2019

May 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM

PLDT's core income grows by a decent 6% to P7.2 billion in the 1st quarter of 2019

ON TRACK. PLDT chairman and CEO Manny Pangilinan. File photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler

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

Why is Huawei controversial?

May 02, 2019 - 12:55 PM

The United States has been very vocal with its fears that the Chinese company may be an international security threat. Why the fear?

SECURITY THREAT? Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei has been banned from deploying 5G networks in 4 countries. / Photo from Shutterstock

Gov't extends Iglesia ni Cristo private telecom franchise

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also signs laws granting franchises to Malindang Broadcasting Network Corporation and MORE Electric and Power Corporation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

8,851 subscribers affected as Globe sends personal data to wrong recipients

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Globe experiences a 'wrong-send'


Gov't orders phone signal shutdown for Ati-Atihan on January 20

Jan 19, 2019 - 7:21 PM

Mobile users will not be apple to call or text starting 6 am on Sunday, January 20, as government orders the shutdown of network signal to secure Ati-Atihan

ATI-ATIHAN. Thousands of dancers and drummers join the Ati-Atihan contest on January 19, 2018. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal/Rappler

Recto seeks Senate probe into DILG's China-funded CCTV project

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says there is 'mounting concern' that China may be using Huawei as a 'proxy' in intelligence operations

CONCERNS OVER SAFE PHILIPPINES PROJECT. Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto raises serious concerns over the DILG's Safe Philippines project to be carried out with funding from China. Photo from the Facebook page of Senator Ralph Recto

China seeks consular access for Huawei employee arrested in Poland

Jan 12, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Citing China's foreign ministry of affairs, state broadcaster CCTV said Beijing is "closely following" the detention of Wang Weijing and has asked to arrange a consular visit "as soon as possible."

HUAWEI. An attendee walk by the Huawei booth at CES 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by David Becker/Getty Images/AFP

PLDT, Globe subscribers to get 8-digit telephone numbers in March 2019

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The 8-digit format ensures a sufficient resource pool to cater to the rapid growth of landline customers in major cities

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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DICT orders NTC to make phones unlockable after initial lock-in period

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The memorandum order provides telco subscribers with the option to switch among compatible service providers after initial lock-in period has been completed

Senators sound alarm over China-funded DILG surveillance project

Dec 13, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto cites security risks in the 12,000-camera Safe Philippines Project of the DILG in partnership with a China Telecom affiliate and Huawei

Police Director General Oscar Albyalde during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on October 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.S. urging allies to shun Huawei – WSJ

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:42 PM

US worries over the use of Chinese telecom equipment in countries with American military bases

NTC junks motions of Sear, PT&T for 3rd telco bid

Nov 13, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Sear and PT&T can still appeal the decision of the National Telecommunications Commission, but with a price tag of P10 million per appeal

Dennis Uy-China Telecom consortium provisionally named 3rd telco

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:33 PM

(UPDATED) Their group, called Mislatel Consortium, garners a total of 456.8 points out of 500 under the criteria

FAST FACTS: 3rd telco player selection rules

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Here are the requirements for companies vying for the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player slot

LIVE: Bidding for the 3rd major telco slot

Nov 07, 2018 - 8:35 AM

The bids for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot will be opened on Wednesday, November 7

NOW Telecom loses bid vs contentious 3rd telco provisions

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The Manila Regional Trial Court says NOW Telecom may have caused its own request to become moot since it said it still wants to join the bidding for the 3rd major telecommunications player slot

PT&T calls 3rd telco criteria 'unfair,' files petition vs NTC

Nov 06, 2018 - 3:20 PM

PT&T questions the National Telecommunications Commission's interpretation of 'national-scale' operations, saying it favors foreign companies

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

WATCH: Senate hearing on 3rd telco selection

Oct 21, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Watch the hearing live on Rappler on Monday, October 22

3rd telco bidder sues NTC for 'money-making' requirements

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:40 PM

NOW Telecom says the National Telecommunications Commission is imposing on bidders multi-billion-peso fees that were not taken up in public hearings

Chavit Singson, Dennis Uy, to bid for 3rd telco

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:55 PM

Contenders can buy the bid documents for P1 million per set and need to cash out some P700 million worth of participation security

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

Power, communications restoration underway in Ompong-hit Cagayan

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi says power providers and distributors are assessing the damage from Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut)

Photo from Cagayan Provincial Information Office

No 3rd telco player by November? 'I'll take over,' says Duterte

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:46 PM

If there will be further delays, President Duterte warns he'll invite interested parties to submit their position papers to him, and he will make his choice in 'about 30 minutes'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reiterates in his speech during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Royal Cultural Palace in Amman, Jordan on September 7, 2018 that he has made a promise to get rid of corruption, criminality, and illegal drugs in the country back when he was still campaigning for the country's top government position. He went on to add that he is relentless in his efforts to fulfill these promises. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Asian Carriers Conference 2018 turns vision into action

Sep 11, 2018 - 11:28 AM

“Eyes on 2020: Turning Vision into Action” is about recognizing how critical the next two years are for the telecommunications industry

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


Anger as Zambia announces tax on internet calls

Aug 20, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Internet has become important for civil society in Zambia, and activists worry the tax will curtail freedom of expression

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

Optimizing the Philippines for 5G with fiber infrastructure

Aug 06, 2018 - 8:06 PM

More cell sites will be needed as 5G requires a denser network of towers to handle the traffic – a process called network densification

5G INCOMING. Mobile phones with 5G are displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 22, 2016. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP


Nokia to help deploy 5G network in U.S. in $3.5-B deal

Jul 31, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The Finnish company will assist T-Mobile build its new-generation nationwide wireless network, and provide its suite of 5G technology

Interconnection rates will be lowered to welcome third telco – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:48 PM

President Duterte says that by lowering interconnection rates, incoming players can have access to existing networks at a much lower cost

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

MMDA, NTC to announce #MMShakeDrill via SMS alert

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:48 PM

MMDA says the annual earthquake drill, dubbed online as the #MMShakeDrill, will push through on the third week of June, rain or shine

The Pasay City government simulates disaster and response drill during the #MMShakeDrill on July 14, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

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

Smart posts speeds of 14.97 Gbps in latest 5G tests

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The tests lay some of the groundwork for future 5G networks in the Philippines

5G TESTS. Smart doubles the speed from their last tests in early June. Photo from Smart


U.S. Senate votes to reimpose ban on China's ZTE, shares plunge

Jun 19, 2018 - 3:00 PM

A Senate measure proposes an outright ban on the government buying products and services from ZTE and another Chinese telecoms firm, Huawei

AT&T closes mega-merger with Time Warner

Jun 15, 2018 - 2:57 PM

The news comes just two days after a US federal judge approved the deal, delivering a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump's administration in its first major antitrust court case

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 21, 2016 shows AT&T cellphone store in Springfield, Virginia, on October 23, 2014. And the Time Warner company logo on the front of the headquarter building, 24 November, 2003, in New York.  AT&T is in "advanced talks" to acquire entertainment group Time Warner in a move to add in-house content to distribution services, The Wall Street Journal reported on October 21, 2016.  AT&T could seal the deal "as early as this weekend," the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.   / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB AND STAN HONDA

Government signs agreement to start public Wi-Fi project

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The agreement will jumpstart the work to build Wi-Fi connections in 'public places, including parks, plazas, public libraries, schools, government offices, hospitals, train stations, airports, and seaports nationwide'

PUBLIC WI-FI. The Department of Communication and Telecommunications (DICT), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) and National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) sign a tripartite agreement on June 8, 2018, to start the Duterte administration's national broadband project. Photo courtesy of TransCo

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