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Koko Pimentel says 'no need to worry' over China Telecom's entry to PH

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:30 AM

'Let us also be fair and not be allergic or raise alarm just because the foreign player is Chinese,' Senator Aquilino Pimentel III tells Rappler

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Disturbing red flags in the 3rd telco selection

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Suspicions of cronyism, as well as serious national security and privacy concerns, deserve more than a passing glance from our leaders and policymakers

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

[EDITORIAL]: #AnimatED: China's telco play in the Philippines

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The coming entry of China Telecom into our communication infrastructure serves the interest of a covetous neighbor that has wronged us so many times

Blockbuster to lackluster: #TelcoSerye drama leaves people puzzled

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A contest with a single qualifier, an exciting legal drama, and romantic promises. These and a hodgepodge of twists are perfect for a #TelcoSerye.

IN CHARTS: Telco promises of Chavit Singson vs Dennis Uy-China Telecom

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:35 PM

Chavit Singson's Sear Telecom intends to spend a whopping P540 billion, and promises 100% national coverage and lightning speeds, should its bid be considered

Fight not over: PT&T, Chavit Singson's Sear appeal 3rd telco bid

Nov 09, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Chavit Singson accuses Dennis Uy's Udenna Corporation and China Telecom of 'misleading' the public

Manny Pangilinan downplays Dennis Uy's 3rd telco

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Tycoon Manny Pangilinan and other PLDT officials say the 3rd major telco player has a lot of catching up to do, particularly in terms of building infrastructure

IN CHARTS: Udenna Corp-China Telecom's promises

Nov 08, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Provisional 3rd telco winner Mislatel promises to blow away Smart and Globe with super fast internet and wide coverage – at a very hefty price

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

Uneven playing field? Disqualified bidders slam 3rd telco rules

Nov 07, 2018 - 4:45 PM

PT&T and Sear Telecom both need to pay a non-refundable appeal fee of P10 million, if they choose to file motions for reconsideration on their disqualification

BIDDING FOR THIRD. Members of the selection committee evaluate documents of new 3rd telco player-aspirants. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

China Telecom, Dennis Uy's Udenna Corp team up for 3rd telco bid

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte previously said he wants a Chinese company to be the 3rd major telecommunications player

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

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

Rappler Talk: NOW Telecom's bid for 3rd telco slot

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:18 AM

Rappler talks to NOW Telecom to discuss why it thinks it can be the Philippines' 3rd major telecommunications player

Court junks NOW Telecom’s TRO petition vs 3rd telco bid requirements

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Manila Regional Trial Court branch 42 junks the request of NOW Telecom for a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the alleged 'money-making' selection process scheme

DENIED. The Manila Regional Trial Court throws out the petition of NOW Telecom for a Temporary Restraining Order over the bidding requirements for the 3rd telco player. Mel Velarde's photo from his Facebook page, Eliseo Rio Jr.'s photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

China Telecom, PT&T eye 3rd telco bid

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's first pick China Telecom buys bid documents on Friday, October 12, to be the country's 3rd major telecommunications player

Telco problems in Typhoon Ompong areas

Sep 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Smart and Globe offer free charging and calling stations in affected areas

IN PHOTOS: Some areas in Baguio City were flooded part of City Camp Lagoon caused lStrong winds and heavy downpour are being experienced in Baguio City due to #OmpongPH. Photo by Cedrick Victa Macadangdang

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


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

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

Globe turns on LTE in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

May 10, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu also says Globe has allotted $850 million this year 'to improve its data network and address the increasing demand in video streaming and gaming'

Globe Telecom open to partnering with PLDT for cell tower firm

May 07, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The Ayala-led company says the creation of an independent cell tower firm would significantly reduce the time needed for a new player to roll out

Globe: 'System issue' affects services to prepaid, postpaid customers

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:53 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Globe announces past 4 pm that they have restored their system for prepaid and Globe at Home users. Postpaid and platinum users will continue to experience 'intermittent' mobile data.

Globe works to make GCash compatible with Alipay

Apr 22, 2018 - 7:55 PM

GCash and Alipay launch a new QR code for Chinese Alipay users in the Philippines, while Filipino GCash users would eventually be able to pay via their digital wallets in China, too

GCash-Alipay-integration Photo from Mynt.

Globe seeks new revenues from eSports

Apr 19, 2018 - 6:35 PM

With the launch of Globe Gaming, the telco looks to repeat its strategy of building new revenue streams around specific content, similar to what it has done with music, videos, and live events

Globe launches Globe Gaming on April 19. Photo by Chris Schnabel

Globe teams up with Riot Games, Garena, Mineski in strategic partnership

Apr 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

The partnership, the companies say, will offer gamers better access to local, regional, and global eSports competitions, as well as original content and exclusive programming

TEAMING UP. Executives of Globe Telecom, Riot Games, Mineski, and Garena commit to their campaign to propel Philippine gaming forward. Photo by Victor Barreiro Jr/Rappler

Duterte creates oversight committee for entry of 3rd telco player

Apr 11, 2018 - 11:50 AM

The committee, led by the Department of Information and Communications Technology and counting the national security adviser as a member, will help select frequencies for the new telco player

Cases over regulatory fees hound some 3rd telco aspirants

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) But PT&T and Now Telecom say they are contesting the supposed outstanding fees, so these have 'no bearing' on their bids for the 3rd telco slot

Globe, Shakey's tie up for free calls for delivery, GCash payments

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Globe subscribers can call #77777 for free to have Shakey's delivered, and will eventually be able to pay for both in-store and delivery orders using Globe's GCash app

Ayala Corp net income up 16% in 2017

Mar 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The net income of the Ayala Group's holding firm hits P30.3 billion in 2017, with Ayala Land leading the subsidiaries

PLDT formally gives Cure's 3G frequency for free

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:40 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the surrendered 3G frequency is now available for a new major telecommunications player

Globe, Smart urged to notify prepaid users of each load deduction

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'In that way, mas madali buhay nila.... At kung meron mang binawas sa 'yo, 'di ka nag-opt in, puwede kang mag-complain,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

Senate committee set to investigate 'nakaw-load'

Mar 04, 2018 - 12:15 PM

'Let us not allow our countrymen to be victims of theft,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV as his committee is set to probe the 'nakaw-load' scheme

PROBE SET. Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino called for the probe on 'nakaw load'. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NOW Telecom gets 25-year franchise extension amid battle for 3rd telco player

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:48 PM

NOW Telecom is said to be among the groups vying to become the firm’s 3rd major telecommunications player, and it now has privileges similar to those granted to existing dominant players in the industry with the franchise extension

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

[OPINION] Are PCC, NTC fit to handle 3rd telco player?

Feb 08, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The PCC will have to address the competition issues confronting the 3rd telco player, while the NTC will have to ensure that the new entrant will meet the required regulatory and corporate issues before it could penetrate the market and go full blast in its operations

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

Globe tightens rules on 3rd parties to protect vs 'nakaw-load'

Feb 02, 2018 - 3:42 PM

'We want to assure our customers that we have clauses in our contracts with partner content providers which penalize those who resort to fraud,' says Globe Telecom

[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

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.

Globe to set up cell sites, Wi-Fi hotspots at Shell gas stations

Jan 22, 2018 - 8:25 PM

The telco and the oil firm identify an initial 14 Shell stations for their new partnership

Photo from 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

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

[OPINION] Third telco: More fiction than real

Jan 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It would take 3-4 years before the 3rd telco player could operate, go into the market, and compete. The Duterte administration would be lucky to have it toward the end of its term.

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

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:54 PM

"Energia specialists are analysing telemetry at their disposal," the company said in a statement, adding it was working to re-establish contact.