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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

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

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

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 consortia forming up to battle for Philippines' 3rd telco slot

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:36 PM

The acting chief of Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) says these 3 groups will each be led by Converge ICT Solutions Incorporated, Now Corporation, and Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (PT&T)

Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

PLDT, Smart sign $300M outsourcing deal with Amdocs

Jan 24, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Affected staff from PLDT's and Smart's IT units will be offered career opportunities in Amdocs as regular employees

Naming Philippines' 3rd telco might take longer than expected

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has a tall order from the Philippine president: Launch a major 3rd telecom player by March 2018. Prospective entrants think the timeline is too short.

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

Ex-pager giant EasyCall sets up more data satellites in remote areas

Jan 12, 2018 - 4:44 PM

EasyCall makes the announcement as the government scouts for a third major telecommunications player in the country, which would compete against PLDT Incorporated and Globe Telecom Incorporated

SATELLITE TECH. Listed EasyCall has shifted its focus on data communications and satellite technology after the onset of short message service (SMS) in the 2000s. Stock photo

Globe Telecom expects to spend over P42B this 2018

Jan 05, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The Ayala-led telecommunications company says the huge capital spending budget will fund its moves to address customer demand for more bandwidth-intensive content

HUGE 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

10 firms eye partnering with TransCo for telco entry

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Meanwhile, local carrier PT&T writes to TransCo, signifying its interest to enter into a lease agreement with the state-run firm

WANTED: 3RD MAJOR PLAYER. State-run TransCo is one of the companies that wants to compete with two telecommunications giants: Globe Telecom and PLDT. Rappler file photo

TransCo plans to diversify into telecoms, compete with the giants

Oct 01, 2017 - 10:10 PM

To implement its plan, the state-run firm will have to ask Congress to amend its charter so it could offer telecommunications services and products

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

PLDT to award up to 860,000 shares to key officers, employees

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The telco also aims to close 2017 with a higher recurring core income of P21.5 billion, from P20.16 billion in 2016

RIGHT TRACK. PLDT boss Manuel 'Manny' Pangilinan says the telco is on the right track but there are still many tasks ahead of PLDT. File 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

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

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 targets 500 more LTE 700 MHz cell sites by end-2016

Aug 29, 2016 - 1:05 AM

Globe Telecom accelerates the deployment of cell sites using the 700 MHz band amid a court battle against the Philippine Competition Commission regarding the San Miguel telco buyout

SPEED UP. These cell sites are expected to substantially improve mobile Internet experience of customers in the region. Image from Shutterstock

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

PH telcos told: Make most of Wi-Fi, target youth

Jul 10, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The youth are an interesting segment to target in the Philippines says Sean Gowran president and country manager of Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands

TARGET NICHE. Ericsson's Gowran has a recommendation to local telcos: Youth is an interesting segment to target in the Philippines. Photo by Ericsson

Jobless soon: 400 consultants of scrapped 3rd telco player

Jun 30, 2016 - 5:39 PM

Due to a change in business direction all 400 consultants under BellTel will lose their jobs by September this year

'BLINDSIDED'. 'We are disappointed. We felt cheated,' one of the over 160 terminated consultants says

Amid regulatory probe, Globe powers 130 cell sites in Visayas, Mindanao

Jun 15, 2016 - 4:57 PM

This is despite the Philippine Competition Commission s claim that the deal to buy out all of SMC s telecommunication businesses has not been deemed approved yet

MOVES ON. Globe continues to fire up more cell sites using SMC's frequency, despite some questions from PCC

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

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Mar 14, 2016 - 12:07 PM

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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

As Pope Francis leaves, network services returns to normal

Jan 19, 2015 - 8:59 PM

Millions of mobile phone subscribers lost signal during papal events in a government directed shutdown to ensure the Pope s safety

PAALAM! Pope Francis waves goodbye to the crowd assembled at the Villamor Airbase tarmac (not seen in photo) as he boards the plane that will bring him to Rome. Rappler screengrab

‘Make Internet a basic service in PH’

May 28, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Senators express their frustration over slow and expensive Internet connection in the Philippines proposing to regulate this to set standards

REGULATE SPEED? Senators propose regulating Internet price and speed at a hearing on

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

2012: A horrible year for MVP

Dec 31, 2012 - 6:15 PM

The year 2012 is marked by breakups and makeups for Manuel V Pangilinan the head of the country s largest infrastructure group leading telecommunications firm top power retailer and biggest gold producer

iPhone for Digitel subscribers soon?

Mar 07, 2012 - 11:03 AM

PLDT is considering offering the iPhone to Sun Cellular subscribers but Digitel s 3G coverage will need to be improved first