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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

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

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

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 12, 2018

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:40 AM

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RED MONDAY. SC Justices present during the flag-raising are Antonio Carpio, Presbitero Velasco, Teresita de Castro, Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Mariano del Castillo, Francis Jardeleza, Samuel Martires, and Noel Tijam. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler  Photo by Lian Buan

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 5, 2018

Mar 05, 2018 - 10:06 AM

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ACADEMY AWARD WINNER. Sam Rockwell accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor during the 90th Annual Academy Awards show in Hollywood, California. Photo by Mark Ralston/ AFP PHOTO

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

DICT delays rule on 1-year expiration for prepaid load worth less than P300

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The new rule applies to prepaid load worth P300 and above starting January 6. Load worth less than P300 will only be covered by July 5.

ONE-YEAR EXPIRATION. Effective January 5, 2018, all prepaid load with denomination of P300 and above will carry a one-year expiration period. But those below P300 will only be implemented by July 5. Stock photo

If China telco deal doesn't pan out, PH to tap other telco players

Jan 03, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque raises the possibility that China Telecom may find unacceptable the constitutional limitations on foreign ownerships of telco companies

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte accompanies People's Republic of China State Council Premier Li Keqiang as they enter the Malacañan Palace on November 15, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Ericsson steps up restructuring on new quarterly loss

Jul 18, 2017 - 6:26 PM

We are not satisfied with our underlying performance with continued declining sales and increasing losses in the quarter says CEO Borje Ekholm as the share price drops 10 in Stockholm

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

Smart Communications to spend P1B on Wi-Fi boost

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Smart says its Wi Fi public hotspots are undergoing upgrades in all 4 terminals of NAIA and the airports in Davao Iloilo Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental

EXPAND WIFI FOOTPRINT. The expansion of Smart Wi-Fi is supported by PLDT's fixed and wireless networks, backed by fiber optic footprint spanning over 100,000 kilometers

PH gov't loses P250M yearly with embargo of 700MHz – Globe

Apr 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Existing operators and new entrants are drawn to the 700 MHz frequency band to unlock the growth potential in the Philippines relatively unsophisticated market

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL. The 700 MHz band is key for expanding mobile broadband into the outlying islands and rural provinces in the Philippines. Image from Shutterstock

The future of 700 MHz band remains unclear

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:43 PM

The future of the prized 700 megahertz frequency remains unclear with 3 of the country s largest corporations exhausting all means to get hold of the band

IN LIMBO. Until now, NTC has not responded to Globe's and PLDT's requests, leaving the two companies in limbo

Phoenix Semiconductors suffers slump demand, delays Clark expansion

Jan 01, 2016 - 7:05 PM

As a result of the slump demand Phoenix Semiconductors Philippines delays expansion of its manufacturing facility at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga

DELAYED. The P1-billion ($21.25-million) initial public offering of PSPC was supposed to fund its Clark facility’s expansion project

Villar to NTC: Persuade telcos to help protect public vs text scams

Sep 03, 2015 - 3:49 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar says she will file a bill seeking the mandatory registration of prepaid SIM cards

SCAMMED. Senator Cynthia Villar says she has been a victim of text scams. File photo by Rappler

Telcos: We're not to blame for 2013 transmission woes

Dec 04, 2014 - 8:27 PM

A telco official says In our system we didn t get any alarm during elections Our system was perfect Could it be the fault of Smartmatic?

AUTOMATED POLL. The Senate Committee on Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Automated Election System discussed unresolved issues in the past two automated polls. Photo from Senate PRIB

Telcos to explain expensive but slow Internet at NTC hearing

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:11 PM

The end goal is for a law that would identify broadband as a basic service so that the government could regulate it

PLDT completes network upgrade ahead of schedule

Sep 11, 2012 - 4:24 PM

PLDT said customers should already be feeling the benefits of faster more reliable service when they text talk or surf Rival Globe meanwhile will finish its own network upgrade next year