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Globe, Smart offer free calls, internet for Taal Volcano eruption victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Charging stations are also available in some areas

PH telcos tap Syniverse for mobile portability services

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Syniverse estimates it would take about 18 months to set up the support mechanism for the Mobile Number Portability Law in the Philippines

MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY. A new law is designed to protect mobile phone users and make telcos improve their services. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/Agence France-Presse

Typhoon Ursula downs mobile services in parts of Visayas, Southern Luzon

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Globe says its personnel are doing their best to restore mobile and internet services in areas affected by Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone)

TYPHOON. Several areas in President Roxas, Capiz are flooded due to heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Ursula. Photo courtesy of EJ Escosia

France Telecom bosses face verdict over wave of suicides

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:31 PM

The investigation looks into the cases of 39 employees, 19 of whom killed themselves, 12 who tried to, and 8 who suffered from acute depression or were signed off sick as a result of the pressures

TELECOM SUICIDES. Former France Telecom CEO Didier Lombard looks at his phone at Paris' courthouse during the trial of several former members of the telecoms giant's management for "moral harassment," a decade after a wave of suicides occured at France Telecom between 2008 and 2009. Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP

Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy can’t get enough of PH ad about the franchise

Dec 12, 2019 - 9:34 AM

The two-minuter, by local telecom and media giant Globe, shows just how imaginative fans of the Star Wars franchise can be

'STAR WARS' AD. A simple Philippine-made ad gets raves from Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy. Screenshot from Globe

IN PHOTOS: Globe at Home brings the magical world of Disney Frozen 2 to life

Nov 29, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Kids and kids at heart got to experience Frozen 2’s Enchanted Forest at SM Mall of Asia last November 22

Globe 9-month net income in 2019 soars by 20% to P17.7 billion

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Data usage continues to send Globe's earnings soaring

GROWTH IN MOBILE. Globe Telecom's net income gets boosted further by mobile data services in 2018. File photo


China rolls out 5G services in race to narrow tech gap

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:13 PM

China's 3 major state telecom operators roll out 5G networks on Thursday, October 31


NOW teams up with Korea’s SK Telecom for 5G rollout

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:12 AM

After losing the bid for the 3rd major telco last year, NOW Corporation gets up and joins the race for providing 5G services in the Philippines

PARTNERSHIP. NOW Corporation and SK Telecom team up for 5G. Photo from NOW Corporation

Makati to soon get free public WiFi from Globe

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Globe will provide Internet access to 27 barangay health centers, the University of Makati, the Ospital ng Makati, and city hall

FREE WIFI FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Globe CEO Ernest Cu lead the MOA signing to provide free public WiFi access in the city. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOT, Globe partner to promote sustainable and digital tourism

Oct 03, 2019 - 2:40 PM

They kicked off the partnership at the Globe-Siargao Sustainability Week

Senate to check AFP-Dito deal before Lorenzana decides on it

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Opposition lawmakers want a chance to back out of a deal that might give the Chinese government '130 listening posts' all over the Philippines

DONE DEAL? Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left) and Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Lt. Gen. Noel Clement face questions on a deal with China-backed Dito Telecommunity at the Senate on September 30, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Absurd': Why build China-backed telco towers in military camps?

Sep 13, 2019 - 8:45 AM

A senator and a security expert say the deal exposes the Philippine military to Chinese spying at a time when other countries are shunning Chinese technology companies

Dito Telecom campus to rise in Clark Global City

Sep 06, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The 3rd major telecommunications player says the campus is patterned after Google's headquarters and will house its data center

Mobile games, videos push Globe's profits in H1 2019

Aug 05, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Globe subscribers' data usage continues to rise, while texts and calls drop by double digits


Globe Telecom’s Pebbles Sy-Manalang on what it’s like being a woman in tech

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:10 PM

And why the IT industry is the best place to be these days

Globe Telecom's 0917 Lifestyle, Saga Events bring back StyleFestPH

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Get a chance to be one of the young designer-entrepreneurs who will take part in the Designer Mentorship Program

Internet in Ethiopia hit by week-old cuts

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Cherer Aklilu, executive director of the state monopoly Ethio Telecom, declines to give any details to explain the break

NO INTERNET. Kaleb Alemayehu, the owner of an internet cafe in the city of Adama, southeast of the capital Addis Ababa, checks a computer on April 4, 2018. File photo by Solan Kolli/AFP

GCash to help reforest, protect 300-hectare area in Ipo watershed

Jun 13, 2019 - 11:15 AM

GCash, in partnership with World Wildlife Fund-Philippines, will work on the reforestation, management, and protection of the forest in Ipo watershed in Bulacan

Globe services in Visayas and Mindanao interrupted due to cut submarine cables

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:15 PM

There is no advisory yet on when services will be fully restored

PLDT, Globe say Huawei will keep its devices updated despite trade ban

May 20, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) PLDT says current products 'will continue to function normally' on the PLDT-Smart network, while Globe says the current situation 'will not impact its network services'

HUAWEI IN THE PHILIPPINE SCENE. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Data usage sends Globe's profit soaring by 40% in Q1 2019

May 06, 2019 - 5:35 PM

It's a good 1st quarter for Globe, with its net income jumping by 40% on the back of customers' higher data usage

Globe to pilot 5G in June 2019

May 06, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Globe says the commercial pilot launch this June will be for home subscribers outside Metro Manila

Dennis Uy, China Telecom ink $5.4 billion deal for 3rd telco

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:03 PM

The signing is held at the 2nd Belt and Road forum held in Beijing, China, with several business leaders from the Philippines, China, and other Asian nations attending it

Globe data services restored after 7-hour interruption

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:44 AM

A nationwide disruption of the Globe internet services lasts from 1:30 am to 8 am, Friday, April 12


[WATCH] The Philippines' Best Work Spaces: Globe Telecom

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:00 AM

Join Jonathan Yabut as he looks for the metro's best and coolest work spaces

Globe CEO says Huawei concerns overblown 'to a certain degree'

Feb 14, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'As we’ve said many times, [Huawei] supplies the equipment but we run the network – and so, what’s attached to our network and what goes through it,' Ernest Cu says in a Bloomberg TV interview


Mobile data boosts Globe's net income to P18.4 billion in 2018

Feb 12, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Mobile data usage lifts Globe Telecom's finances, while revenues from text messages and calls slow down

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Jan 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

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8,851 subscribers affected as Globe sends personal data to wrong recipients

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Globe experiences a 'wrong-send'


PLDT, Globe subscribers to get 8-digit telephone numbers in March 2019

Dec 19, 2018 - 2:32 PM

The 8-digit format ensures a sufficient resource pool to cater to the rapid growth of landline customers in major cities

Senators sound alarm over China-funded DILG surveillance project

Dec 13, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto cites security risks in the 12,000-camera Safe Philippines Project of the DILG in partnership with a China Telecom affiliate and Huawei

Police Director General Oscar Albyalde during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on October 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Jitters over China in PH telco industry? They've long been here – DICT

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology says Philippine companies have been dealing with Chinese firms

ASSURANCE. DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr assures legislators that the concerned government agencies are on top of cybersecurity concerns. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Gov't bias toward China seen in 3rd telco race

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:53 AM

But Fitch Solutions concedes that China Telecom has the technical expertise to compete with Smart and Globe

3rd telco Mislatel brushes off national security worries

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:40 PM

'We are a Filipino company. We will never allow our national security to be undermined,' says Udenna Corporation spokesperson Adel Tamano

China Telecom, DICT ink deal for submarine broadband infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The meeting between DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr and China Telecom Chairman Yang Jie coincides with Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Manila

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