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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

Globe net income falls by 10% to P8.1B in 1st half of 2017

Aug 08, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Globe attributes much of the decline to costs related to its buyout of San Miguel Corporation s telco assets as its revenues rose by 5 to P62 9 billion

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

Globe begins rollout of 2600 MHz wireless network tech

Jul 13, 2017 - 8:10 PM

The telco says the new massive MIMO technology improves capacity up to 6 times compared to a regular site

Globe files P5-million civil suit vs Dasmariñas Village resident

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The telco accuses the resident of spreading false and malicious rumors about Globe s cell site system within the posh village

DOT, NCCA launch KulTOURa app for tourists

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The KulTOURa app contains information and details of selected places in the Philippines as guide for travelers

Big scientific breakthrough at sub-atomic level holds promise for secure comms

Jun 16, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Entangled particles hold the promise of creating a communications system that can send secure messages without cables signals or code

INTERNET OF THE FUTURE? A space-based technique developed by researchers holds potential for revolutionizing telecommunications and perhaps someday developing a hack-proof internet.

PLDT eyes gains from manpower reduction, asset sales but expects 'steep climb'

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:35 PM

The telco is projecting savings of around P7 billion over several years from outsourcing its IT to IBM and is still eyeing selling the rest of its stake in Meralco

European mobile operators brace for end of roaming charges

Jun 11, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Roaming charges will be lifted in Europe starting June 15 raising pressure on operators in a tight market

NO MORE ROAMING SOON. A woman uses her mobile phone in Boeschepe at the Franco-Belgian border on June 6, 2017. Philippe Huguen/AFP

India's mobile internet use increases ninefold

Jun 02, 2017 - 4:27 PM

The explosion in data use comes after the country s richest man Mukesh Ambani shook up the telecoms market with the launch of new operator Jio in September

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

Duterte grants Smart franchise extension

May 03, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The law extending Smart s franchise for another 25 years includes new perks and relaxed requirements

LICENSE TO OPERATE. Smart, headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, is granted a 25-year on its franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

Globe to focus 2017 spending on mobile data, LTE infrastructure

Apr 18, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The telco which saw its 2016 net income take a slight hit aims to put up 1 200 new LTE 700 MHz sites this year

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

Aviation leads high-paying careers list, gov't survey reveals

Apr 09, 2017 - 11:55 AM

The list of highest paying jobs is led by positions in the aviaiton industry architecture and engineering and design according to the latest Occupation Wages Survey results

HIGH-PAYING JOBS. The labor department releases a list of the top 10 highest-paying jobs in the Philippines. File photo by Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse

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

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

ABS-CBN hits 2016 target income, fueled by election spending

Mar 20, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The media giant s election related spending for 2016 amounted to P2 8 billion versus P2 4 billion in 2010

HIGHER AD REVENUE. ABS-CBN Chief Financial Officer Aldrin Cerrado (extreme left) says the company saw a 9% growth in revenue, which closed at P41.6 billion in 2016. While its cost and expenses were up only 6% last year. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

DICT chief: No need to auction off unused frequencies

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:25 PM

Information and Communications Technology Secretary Rodolfo Salalima says there will be no public bidding for the recalled radio frequencies unless President Rodrigo Duterte orders otherwise

PUBLIC SERVICE, NOT REVENUE. DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima opts a complete reversal of National Telecommunication Commission's planned auction; says his department does not exist for revenue. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

LIVE: The Philippine Telecommunications Summit 2017

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Watch the telco summit live on Rappler

PLDT to outsource back-office IT to IBM

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:20 PM

PLDT chief Manuel V Pangilinan says he wants to ensure all or most of the 1 000 affected employees will be absorbed by IBM

CUT COSTS. 'Profitability has been reset to a lower level, reflecting the impact of the changes in the business, our customer base, and our organization,' PLDT chief Manuel V. Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PLDT still no.1 among mobile subscribers

Mar 07, 2017 - 6:31 PM

PLDT says its subsidiary Smart Communications Incorporated closed 2016 with 63 03 million subscribers against rival Globe Telecom s 62 8 million subscribers

'The picture seems to be brighter for 2017 and the job of the management is to continue moving forward positively all the way up to 2019,' PLDT's Manuel V Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Smart seen to get 25-year franchise extension by March

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:00 AM

But the franchise extension might require the telco giant to list on the Philippine Stock Exchange

FRANCHISE EXTENSION. 'We are pressed for time. We cannot allow the franchise to expire,' Zubiri, who authored Senate Bill 1302 or the bill to extend Smart's franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Chinese telcos, U.S. tech firm eye entering PH telco market

Feb 15, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Representatives of the foreign players have visited the National Telecommunications Commission headquarters to inquire about its planned spectrum auction seen to entice a 3rd major telco player

WANTED: TELCO PLAYER. NTC is planning the auction to entice a 3rd major player into the country's telecommunications sector, challenging PLDT and Globe Telecom Incorporated, which have been under fire for costly and slow Internet services. Rappler file photo

Poor Globe, Smart signal? Congress can revoke telco franchise – Suarez

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:15 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells Globe and Smart to address complaints on poor cellphone signal and slow Internet services

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Window narrows for Smart's 25-year franchise extension

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The telco s franchise granted way back in March 1992 is set to expire this March

LICENSE TO OPERATE. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 7294, Smart, headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, was granted its 25-year franchise in March 1992. It is set to expire this March. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

No cellphone signals in parts of Iloilo City during Dinagyang Festival

Jan 21, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Organizers of the festival have earlier requested the shutdown of cellular signals for a peaceful and orderly celebration of the Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang file photo from Wikipedia

Globe Telecom lowers capital spending to $750M for 2017

Jan 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM

This is lower than Globe s 2016 capital spending budget which was at a high of 1 050 billion

BALANCE FINANCES. Globe chief Ernest Cu says the lower capex for 2017 was meant to balance its expenses and revenues. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PLDT completes 3 ICT deals in Davao

Dec 27, 2016 - 9:06 AM

All these form part of PLDT’s P48 billion capital spending budget for 2016

SUNNY OUTLOOK. PLDT bets on the sunny economic outlook of President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, Davao City. Rappler file photo

Canada regulator: High-speed internet an essential service

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:42 AM

A new Can 750 million fund will be created to reach the goal of speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload

A picture taken on March 15, 2013 in Paris shows the screen of a computer connected on the internet and displaying a webpage. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Bill to reform PH telco industry eyed by 2017

Dec 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Putting more teeth into the National Telecommunications Commission and amending foreign ownership rules are among the reforms being eyed

BADLY-NEEDED REFORMS. Putting more teeth into the NTC and allowing foreign players to operate here without the 40% ownership restriction are among the reforms eyed to be tackled in the bill, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian. Photo of Gatchalian from www.wingatchalian.com

GMA Network initially spends P416M on DTT shift

Dec 06, 2016 - 2:28 PM

GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon says the network is now prepared to exit the test phase and begin with the first part of its DTT rollout in Mega Manila

ANALOG SHUTDOWN. TV networks in the Philippines are forced to shift to digital TV to stay afloat in today's digital wave.

PLDT, Globe reduce interconnection voice calls to P2.50

Nov 28, 2016 - 10:01 AM

UPDATED With the reduced interconnection rates the NTC expects retail rates for voice calls to be lowered by about P1 per minute

LOWER VOICE RATES. This was announced a few days after President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement for telcos to lower rates or improve services or he will open the markets to foreign players. Rappler file photo

PCC: Make policy changes to open telco, energy markets

Nov 27, 2016 - 11:10 PM

What needs to be done is to pass proposed amendments to the 80 year old Public Service Law says a PCC commissioner

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to a telco impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services.

PLDT, Globe, Meralco: Yes to foreign players

Nov 24, 2016 - 4:40 PM

The telecommunications companies and the power distributor say they are also trying to improve their services and make these more affordable

OPEN UP. Duterte says he will liberalize the telecoms and energy sectors, telling the giants that he owed them no favor and it is high time to share the market to foreign players

Duterte: PH open to foreign players in telecoms, power

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:15 AM

While he s not out to destroy the Ayalas and Pangilinans Duterte says foreign companies will help make the country move faster

DUTERTE. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Over half of world's population does not use Internet – UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:07 AM

One problem is the cost of fixed broadband access which has fallen globally over the last decade but remained clearly unaffordable in many of the world s poorest countries

INTERNET. More than half the world's population does not use the Internet according to a United Nations report. Image from Shutterstock

MVP: PLDT expects lower income for 'horrible' 2016

Nov 14, 2016 - 5:25 PM

It s an annus horribilis horrible year Hopefully 2017 will be annus mirabilis wonderful year PLDT chairman Manuel V Pangilinan says after announcing the company s latest financial performance

'A HORRIBLE YEAR.' By the third quarter, Pangilinan says PLDT lost 3 million wireless subscribers to 65 million from the 68 million recorded in the second quarter mainly on competition. Rappler file photo

NTC sets auction for 3rd telco frequencies in 2017

Nov 10, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Among the companies interested to bid are Dennis Uy s Converge ICT Solutions Incorporated and Mel Velarde s Now Telecom

TELCO HIGHWAY. The amount of spectrum assigned to a telco impacts the cost of the build capacity, overall network performance, ability to offer new multimedia services, and general customer experience of wireless services. Rappler file photo

After SEC, PSE penalizes Liberty Telecoms

Nov 10, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Liberty Telecoms – owned by PLDT Incorporated and Globe Telecom Incorporated – is now in the process of delisting from the stock exchange after undertaking a tender offer

NON DISCLOSURE. Liberty Telecoms is being fined for not disclosing the re-allocation of spectrum frequencies. File photo by Rappler

Globe Telecom's Q3 net income drops by 50%

Nov 07, 2016 - 3:36 PM

Expense from its buyout of San Miguel Corporation s telecommunications business dents the Ayala led firm s 3rd quarter financial performance

CUT IN HALF. Globe Telecom executives explain how its net income dropped during last quarter. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

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

ABS-CBN's net income jumps 50% on strong ad revenues

Oct 28, 2016 - 5:28 PM

Boosted by election spending ABS CBN’s net income for the January September 2016 period increases to P2 85 billion from P1 89 billion in the same period a year ago

ADS GROWTH. ABS-CBN sees an increase in airtime placements from regular advertisers and from candidates in the May elections.

AT&T deal: Merger for new media era or a bad remake?

Oct 24, 2016 - 9:33 AM

Analysts say the deal faces multiple challenges including winning regulatory clearance for a massive merger affecting tens of millions of consumers and successfully combining two different kinds of companies one in content and the other in delivery

People walk past an AT&T store in New York on October 23, 2016. Kena Betancur/AFP

Globe Telecom hikes 2016 spending to over $1B

Oct 20, 2016 - 4:29 PM

Its board of directors approves additional capital expenditure of 300 million for network expansion

HIKES SPENDING. According to Globe, the additional CAPEX of $300 million will be used for mobile network expansion ($160 million), corporate data network ($50 million), and broadband network ($90 million)

Smart and Sun to shut down mobile services in Zamboanga City

Oct 01, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Smart and Sun will shut down mobile services in Zamboanga City today October 1 from 3 to 6 pm for the opening of Hermosa Festival

'Unexpected difficulties' down Smart mobile internet services

Sep 29, 2016 - 9:41 AM

UPDATED Several hours after the initial announcement Smart says they ve restored services

Samsung says sold off shares in four tech firms

Sep 18, 2016 - 4:10 PM

The news of the sales came as the firm is mired in a major recall of its flagship smartphone over a series of battery explosions