(3rd UPDATE) Smart and Globe offer free charging and calling stations in affected areas
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'
At least 7 foreign and 5 local companies are gunning to be the next major telco player
'Effective July 5, 2018, all Globe prepaid load, including those with denominations below P300, will carry a one-year expiration period,' Globe announces
PLDT chief Manuel Pangilinan says his firm does not see the need to share any of its existing network elements, including cellular towers
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'
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
(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.
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
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
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
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
(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 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
The net income of the Ayala Group's holding firm hits P30.3 billion in 2017, with Ayala Land leading the subsidiaries
The Department of Information and Communications Technology says the surrendered 3G frequency is now available for a new major telecommunications player
'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
'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
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 president Ernest Cu also says the firm is looking at divesting all or part of its tower assets to independent tower companies
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
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.
The Ayala-led telecommunications giant projects between $850 million and $900 million as annual capital spending budget until 2020
'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
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
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)
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.
The telco and the oil firm identify an initial 14 Shell stations for their new partnership
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
(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.
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.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque raises the possibility that China Telecom may find unacceptable the constitutional limitations on foreign ownerships of telco companies
"Energia specialists are analysing telemetry at their disposal," the company said in a statement, adding it was working to re-establish contact.
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The Philippine firm signs a deal with Chengdu Zhongxing Tiantong Technology Corporation to conduct a feasibility study, after which a definitive agreement may be reached
(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte wants all China Telecom applications and licenses approved in just 7 days, says Malacañang
Free Wi-Fi services are also available in Tacloban City, says the telco
The telco says 'the cumbersome number of permits' as well as right-of-way issues hamper its delivery of good internet service
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'They have the technical expertise in operating and TransCo has the facilities to offer,' says TransCo President Melvin Matibag
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China Telecom would now need to look for a partner in the Philippines, in keeping up with rules on foreign ownership limitations in the Philippines, says Communications Secretary Martin Andanar
SM Store customers can now use GCash's scan-to-pay feature to buy items with their mobile phones
'I think it's a rather novel idea and it's something we should consider, either at the PLDT level or at the Voyager level or both,' says PLDT chairman Manuel Pangilinan
Two state-run Chinese companies have set sights on competing with PLDT Incorporated and Globe Telecom Incorporated
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The result means that AC’s net income for the first 9 months of 2017 is up 18% to P23.2 billion, primarily because of the strong performances of Ayala Land and AC Energy
The Ayala-led telco’s core net income for the first 9 months of 2017, however, is down 5% to P11.2 billion
PLDT and Globe say they're working to improve services, while the Philippine Competition Commission describes Jack Ma's disappointing experience as a 'wake-up call' for the telcos
The Chinese business icon manages a packed schedule while experiencing Metro Manila traffic and the country's notorious slow internet